I've been trying to cross my mille fleur cochins with my huge-cushioned mottleds in order to improve type in my milles. I have been unsuccessful as fertility has become a nightmare. I have tried and failed with AI and will resort to plucking a heck of a lot of feathers next Spring if something doesn't happen soon I have plucked the 3" circle then upped it to 5" and still no go. I have gotten mottled offspring from these guys so I know they have what it takes... After several weeks of no fertility I put my mille roo back with my mille hens to at least get some of those going. I hatched out the usual mille color down and also one pure black and one black with some reddish around the face and back. The black downed chick became mottled and the chick with a bit of reddish buff became almost golden-laced.. Im wondering if these eggs were the lingering fertility of my mottled roo. Here's the "laced" pullet. and below you can see how her cushion is much more round than my other pullets and here she is with the mottled cockeral who, btw, isn't showing tremendous type at this point. ???? Is it more possible that these are side effects of the mille project... that bizarre combinations of the genes in mille fleur can manifest like this? Patty, have you bred any birds like this pullet when you did this cross? She gives me hope when I look at her type but much doubt when I consider her pattern.