How does the Mottled color work?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Corey NC, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    What is the best to have in a flock of mottled?

    - Black Roo and Mottled Hens

    - Mottled Roo and both black and mottled hens

    - Mottled Roo and just black hens

    - Mottled Roo and just mottled hens
  2. Hi!
    If you want to breed all mottled chicks, you need mottled x mottled.

  3. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    What would the outcome of a mottled roo and a black hen be? 50% black and 50% mottled?
  4. HI!
    You'd get 0% mottleds, black hens, and black roos with gold/red in the hackles.

    If you breed those black hens (carrying the mottled gene) BACK to a mottled bird, you'll get the mottling back.

  5. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    Lisa, I think statistically that might be right but my Mottled Cockeral came from a Black Cock with no mottled gene over a mottled hen. The breeder just couldn't believe I got a mottled chick out of the deal. I kept showing him pics of the chick as it aged.
  6. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Mottling is recessive, you need two copies of the gene to get mottleds. Sooo, if you want all mottled chicks, all your breeders need to be mottled. Some breeders do incorporate solid birds at times to fix mottling or inbreeding issues. But that is a looong process to breed back considering you have to wait for the F1 gen to mature, breed back, then wait until those chicks mature. But it can be done if that's what you have to start with.

    Some say the best mottling comes from a mottled bird crossed on a solid (but obviously carrying the mottling gene) bird.

    Same theory that says the best blues come from a blue bird crossed on a black bird.
  7. wclawrence

    wclawrence Songster

    In my experience, the best blues have come from Blue x Blue matings.
    ....Not to hijack a thread....
  8. RedStickLA

    RedStickLA Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    South Louisiana
    Hey Corey NC,
    I am glad you asked this question...I have been trying to research this info too. I have a black mottled Cochin roo and wanted to breed him to my blue hens to get mottled blue cochinsÂ…I guess I need some blue mottled hens. [​IMG]
  9. ann

    ann In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2007
    I am glad you asked the question as well.Last year I bred one of my black mottled roos to a buff and birchen color hens and got solid black and what I think is brownred cochins.
    Question: If I breed the brownred cochins from this match what colors will I get?

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