Crossing a black and white?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Heather J, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    We had a bunch of BBS frizzles in the bator, but only hatched out one black cochin (not sure yet if he's frizzled because he's only a few days old) anyway, I understand how the BBS gene works, but I wondered about if I mate him with a white cochin, since I have a bunch arriving in the mail in a few days. Is one color dominant over the other, would we get a mixed color? I've seen those breeding sites where you put in certain characteristics and it tells you what you get, but I don't understand any of the acronyms.

    Also, out of curiosity, I have both white frizzled cochins, and white silkies coming, do you get sizzles when you cross these, or do you have to breed several generations to get them frizzled with silkie characteristics?
  2. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    you would get a Zebra,
  3. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
  4. Hi!
    When I crossed white by blue/splash/black (Silkies) --- I got *mostly* solid blues and whites. I also got some blues with brassy hackles and saddles, some cream-colored (just off-white), a partridge, and a one all-red girl.

    I don't know if that is the norm from the cross, that's just what hatched here.
    Good luck!
  5. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    Hi, Id think all white chicks or white with leaky color coming through the chicks.. Guess it would depend if the white is recessive or dominate(leaky) type..?? Possibly could have both types in the white genes..but test mating would be the way to find out..

  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    .white and black crossed in the breeds i have seen, has produced. Zebra colored chickens, Mottled. white with a random black feather or two.. Solid black. Solid white, And any of the stuff in the familys genes.. (whether it be blue.. Brassy back. etc infused somewhere)
  7. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Thanks you guys. I was looking at the chick's incoming feathers now that he's a week old, and though he was supposed to have come from a BBS pen, it looks like he's actually barred. She did have a barred pen, but I thought this egg had been marked as coming from the other one. lol I guess I'll have to breed for a bit and test it out to see what pops up. Sounds like it could be quite varied. My white cochins are coming from Ideal, rather than a breeder, so the white could be either dominant or recessive, I guess. I'm really curious about how the breeding will turn out, so I guess I'll have to start planning some breeding tractors/coops this winter so when they start laying in the spring I'll be set to go. I want to try and make some sizzles too, and hope, if I get enough show characteristics, so breed for show birds, even if it takes a few generations.

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