Color question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Pault76, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Pault76

    Pault76 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been looking at different breeds of chickens that come in different color phases. My question is if I have a hen and a rooster of the same breed but of different colors will they're offspring be purebred or will they be crossbred. I know with labs you can breed a yellow and a black lab and they're pups are purebred so i'm assuming chickens are the same.

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    Paul
     
  2. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No such luck. Chicken breeding doesn't work like dogs, cats, horses, etc. If the resulting color isn't recognized in the breed standard than it's no longer a purebred. Even though it is :confused:
     
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  3. Pault76

    Pault76 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I wasn't sure how it worked.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I will disagree. The BREED is purebred, but the VARIETY is likely to be non-recognised. Breed is determined by all the traits that make up TYPE, not variety, and these tend to be the same from one variety in a breed to another, with minor variations. If you cross a lemon blue with a brown red, you will get recognised variety offspring. If you cross a recessive white with a lime green mottled, pink laced, chances are pretty good that none of the offspring will be anything close to a recognised variety. If you cross a BBR with a birchen, you will get some birchen, some brown reds and some golden birchens, but the next generation of offspring can give you a wide slew of mixed colours.
     
  5. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they will still be pure bred, just not a color that can be shown. I breed and show araucana chickens. They rarely breed true to color even when breeding the same color together, but they are still all araucana.

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  6. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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