Color genetics thread.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by redrooster99, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe it would probably be black chicks with maybe some leakage, but I am by no means a genetic expert. I am just going by the different things I have learned on BYC.
     
  2. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe calico is mottled, so if you breed the black chicks from your above cross back to calico you could get some mottling. It may even be calico, but I am not sure.
     
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    chickengr Overrun With Chickens

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    this is my brahma boy (bought as a pullet!). I am thinking to get some girls for him.
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    I do not know where mille fleur comes from. but I would like to get:

    1. mille fleur easter eggers
    2. mille fleur egg layers (at least 4 eggs/week).

    what breed and colour should I mate to him?
     
  4. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I am no expert but, as far as egg layers there are mille fleur leghorns, and there are swedish flower hens which I believe both lay atleast 4 eggs per week. The swedes are bigger so I would probably go with them. They also lay brown eggs like a brahma, but if you are trying to make more brahmas you have a long way to go. But u should get mille fleur or some sort of mottling ( depends on the swedes color.) That lay brown eggs, with lightly feathered feet. I am unsure on what comb you would get. Hope this helps.
     
  5. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And this hen is the closest thing I have seen to mille fleur easter eggers, but I am sure they have them.
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    chickengr Overrun With Chickens

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    thank you. I am not trying to get any new breed, just want lots of eggs, a colourful basket and pretty birds. even prefer different looking. any idea where mille fleur comes from? I wish I could find another mille fleur brahma, but that is almost impossible. I live in greece and I cannot find many breeds here. it seems I will have to look for some mottling chicken, that is maximum I can find here. never heard of mille fleur leghorn, thanks for information. I will definitively look for it.
     
  7. Adorkable

    Adorkable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, sorry about all the questions, but I don't know much about this stuff [​IMG]

    #1 - would she be considered partridge?

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    the next 2 pics show her color a little better. It's kind of a pale gold-ish color I guess. Is it just leakage or partridge?
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    # 2 - I know it's not an approved variety, but is this boy salmon color or Silver Wheaten or just a mess of colors? Also if I mate the same parents that made this one could I possibly get some pullets that are similar in color?

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    this is what he looks like from the front
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    #3 - could he be considered partridge? If so could I put him over the pullet in the first pic and possibly get similarly colored offspring?

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    The cockerels look kinda bad cause they've been sparring all morning. Hormones are starting to kick in. I have 5 young cockerels together. Separated them from mom and their sis just in time!
     
  8. CanuckBock

    CanuckBock THE Village Ijit

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    Thanks for sharing the useful info. [​IMG]

    Always sorta nice to know there is a possibility of other colours (what else the breeder has in their yards) when you get surprises in the progeny. Makes the sleuthing a bit quicker...like in the case of this could be blue dilution...er not!

    Whew...OK...the leg colour in your chicks may get darker...I suggested Barring (mottling too) as it might be the culprit of less than ideal leg colour (diluted) for your breed. Good...you know the young one's legs/toes darken up later. I find it interesting having to have multicoloured feet...I would not know where to begin! LOL So barring is unlikely...good. Glad I mentioned it tho.


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    Over time, this MDF Booted with the half/half feets (he sure freaked my beak when he hatched July 14!), kinda figured out this male has multi-colourations in his feets/toes because of mottling. He's being mottled in the feet, shanks and toes too, not just his feathers.

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    In this variety in the Brahma, Buff (Buff Columbian), we want a contrast to the buff colour and the black in the feathers. The widest "contrast" in colour that is achievable is white and black...sorta the photo negative opposites!

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    I have found the dark eyed ones also are the ones with the richest eumelanin (black pigment) expressed in the plumage.

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    The ground colour is too "gold" in this hen, but it is a start towards Partridge pattern.

    If I want to make a new variety, like Partridge in the Brahmas...I chose the dark eyes to make sure I would have enough black pigment in the future birds to be distributed in the black beetle greened markings.

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    This Booted Bantam hen pictured above here in 2011...had the most wicked dark eyes...as said, I wanted white feathers with dark skin to put one dose rec white in the MDF's for breeding purposes. These are NOT SOP compliant...skin colour should be light on White feathered Booted Bantams.


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    She produce progeny with the dark eyes, maybe a bit less dark than hers but still dark...


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    Dark skinned young Booteds - note eyes are dark

    The black pigment has to come from some place...so like yeller in the egg yolks, a heavy producing hen has to take the pigment from some place (and replenish and store it too). I have seen some very intense contrasts in another breed of ours, Bantam Buff Brahmas (posted above). The eye colour again was blood red...deep, deep colouration. It may not be always the case but something to observe I suppose.

    The birds are like vessels with pigments dumped into them...then other genetics extend or dilute or leave it as is, push it all around to make markings...kinda like finger painting, without the need to wash yer fingees--so often, eh! [​IMG]


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    This photo of young Booteds; a good example of light skinned male (note eye colour) and dark skinned female (note eye colour!)

    Yes, we have had an interest in ACDogs fer quite some time (early 80's)...bin all sorts of involvement...from Canadian Club Historian, Secretary, Breeders' Code of Ethics & Elections chair--helped to get their distant cousin the Stumpy Tail CKC recognized. Love the breed, but not exactly poultry, eh? I can admit the colour genetic in the canines was where I began studying though. So we got herded into that aspect ... by the dawgs no less! Since the breed use to hold the world record on longevity at 29+ years young...yeh, ten is just the beginning...beginning when the Optional Brain Module (OBM) arrives...er not! [​IMG]

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    Red girls...giving each other the stinky EYE... [​IMG]

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    From my understanding of Silkies (very little), they are based on eb Brown in the e-series (explains the grey down). Because the feather texture is VERY soft and not firm (firm feathers express colour patterns WAY crisper), the expression of a pattern like Partridge looks way different, than say in my Chantecler chicken breed (firmer feathers).

    There seems to be a parti thread here on Silkies...450+ pages...maybe you may ask them there??

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526271/partridge-silkies-nothing-else


    I will give you some things to consider in regards to your questions #1 and #3.

    Here is an example of a lighter than desirable ground coloured Partridge Chantecler hen...

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    So do you figure this is like your female you ask if she is Partridge but has a softer feather texture...do you see the pencillings but all fuzzy...if not, I don't figure your female is a representation of Partridge in the Silkie breed. Parti girls are a RED with a black marked colour pattern. An exhibition Partridge female is a deep reddish bay (her hackles are laced with reddish bay) with black markings.


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    This Partridge Chantecler cockerel is still growing in his feathers but is starting to exhibit his colourations

    He is a young male that is a pullet-breeder (note the red miscolours in his chest--for exhibition males, he needs a clean black chest), he is NOT an exhibition male but an male that makes exhibition females. I am grasping at straws on how a Partridge male Silkie might look if he was a pullet-breeder...more reds in his colour...not the black chested with reddish highlights I would expect to see in a Partridge male Silkie for exhibition. I would surmise a clean black chest and clean black tail in a male Partridge Silkie if for exhibition would be at the minimum of your expectations.


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    Does your male in question express pencillings like this in his saddle and hackle, but not crisp but fuzzy wuzzy? Parti boys are BLACK and red marked colour pattern. An exhibition Partridge male is rich brilliant red with beetle green black.

    One of the reasons many of us double mate the Partridge pattern is because the girls look to be a completely different colour combination than the boys do. Basically in a super summarized nutshell, girls are RED and boys are BLACK and red. [​IMG]

    Doggone & Chicken UP!

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  9. Bama1

    Bama1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This looks like a thread where I might be able to get an answer. I want to know what color this little bantam Orpington rooster is. His parents are American black bantam Orpington and English chocolate/black bantam Orpington. His wings are the iridescent blue/black like the hackles at his tail.
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  10. CanuckBock

    CanuckBock THE Village Ijit

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    A chocolate orp is...well uh chocolate. Woman DO like their chocolates...[​IMG]


    http://poultrykeeper.com/chicken-breeds/the-chocolate-orpington

    Tim Daniels gives a nice summary on breeding outcomes for chocolates which are gender linked in chickens and ducks.

    What genders were the colours for this male's parents?

    A Black male is the only bird that may be BLACK but carry chocolate...and therefore produce chocolate offspring when he himself is not a chocolate. in the union.


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    Your male, to me, does not look particularly chocolate in the respect of what I have seen as chocolate in chickens...they are, well for the most part...just chocolate with maybe a touch of beetle green sheen perhaps.

    Maybe someone else may assist and say what your male appears to be.

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Orps/BRKOrps.html

    I just scrolled thru FS and did not see anything that really looks like your male.

    I am going to go crack open my Grant 21st Century colour book...he had Clive's choco genetics to play with and maybe I can find a match to yours...

    Your bird IS pretty, kinda a sunset burst type colouration on the hackle and saddle...very nice. His tail feathers and hackles, to me in the photo, look more beetle green than blue...but could be the configurations on my monitor or me looking at the top of his hackles...the sides look to be a different colour than black in any shade.

    Doggone & Chicken UP!

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