Mixing Barred and Black

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenlady, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    What will you get when mating barred with black? Also barred with blue? Do the colors merge or will you get a percentage of each? Which is dominant? Thanks.
  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    You'd probably get very dark barred birds with little white, and some pure black.
    And if you mix barred with blue you'd get half black barred and half blue barred, but once again with less white since one parent is solid, so the barring in either case wouldn't be very good, but definitely interesting!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I'm not sure but I think if the male is barred, it will pass that to it's kids, while if the female is barred, the boys will end up barred? This may only be sexlinks though.
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    So it sounds like the barring is dominant? The chicks are adorable and now I'm getting more curious at how they will feather out. Here they are:

  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Oh so cute! They have fuzzy booties on! My wild guess is the ones with white dots on their heads will be barred and males! But that's only 50/50. [​IMG]
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    For instance with all Barred Rock mothers and various fathers, all my male chicks were barred and my females were solid black or black with gold/red in the hackles. No barring in the females. They were definitely sexlinked. The fathers were a Cochin/Silkie cross, a Silver Phoenix and an Easter Egger. The EE/Br cross pullets, now owned by rooster-red, have spangling and lots of gold, very beautiful girls, but I didn't get a male from that cross, only two girls. I'm sure he would have been barred, though.
    With a Barred Rock sire, however, all chicks would probably have some barring, is my understanding.
  7. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Thanks. That does help. I have no way of telling if the father was barred or if it was the mother. LOL. I guess I will have to wait until they feather. Thanks so much.
  8. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Those chicks are adorable! Can't wait to see how they look feathered out!
  9. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    When my barred rock roo mated with a black hen cochin we got a female and a male barred cochin. There cute. They have the barring of the dad and the feather feet of their mom. They are built like mom too.

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