color patterns

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pokey, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    if you wanted to develop a color pattern that does not exist(for example zebra stripes) how would you start?
    do you start with a solid color bird and breed a patterned
    colored bird to it?
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I think a black hen with a colored roo would be your best bet. But then every black hen isnt even the same genetically.

    From my understanding, which is limited, is that white has /could have a lot of hidden colors in it.

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    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    There are no genes that would produce a zebra like pattern. I do not want to be a bummer but you have to have the genes first. A red white and blue chicken would be interesting. Would you be interested in that?

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2008
  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    One thing you may try is a color pattern that doesn't exist on a breed here in the US. Britain has many color varieties, especially in the Wyandottes and the Orpingtons, that don't exist here. Check out for some examples of awesome colorings on birds. If you settle on a project like that, there are many people here who are very helpful with chicken genetics.

    Good luck!
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:You know that RED rooster of your makes some of us GREEN with envy!
  7. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    well, the zebra pattern was just for example. i actually saw a tiger pattern(red and white like on pyles) on a pigeon that was absolutely stunning. the bird is on the feathersite- but every wing feather alternates white ,red,white,red.would that not make an awesome looking chicken? you honestly need to take a gander(pardon the pun)at that pigeon.could you imagine a longtail w/ feathers like that? any one have any more ideas?

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