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Is There such Thing as a Melanistic Barnevelder?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bowlzie, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Bowlzie

    Bowlzie In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2008
    I own a small flock of barnevelders but one of the girls has a very dark colour. I reasently went to a poultry show and all the barnevelders there were similar to the rest of my flock.

    Could she be a differant breed or could she have a pigmentation problem?

  2. Henk69

    Henk69 Songster

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
    Barnevelders are very heavily melanised.
    The roosters are almost black.
  3. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Your hen has more than likely inherited a "extra" melanistic gene from the roo. My roo is fairly dark and so are several of my pullets. In the US some hatcheries are outcrossing Barnevelders to brown leghorns to try and increase the egg production of some of the strains. I am currently in the process of out-crossing mine to a dark production red and then will cross the offspring back to the original roo to try and increase both egg production and hardiness without ruining the feather pattern. I'll see what will happen in the next month or so.

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