Mixing BCM hens with an Aeraucana Rooster

SO I have 4 BCM hens with 2 ameraucana roosters over them. I allowed eggs to be hatched and 2 made it. The chicks however look barred like a barred rock. But upon closer inspection the black in the barring is actually a green sheen. Not just black. How could this have happened?? I do not know what I expected but not barred looking chicks. My roosters are both different but no barring. One is white with black green tail feathers and some nice greenish feathers around his neck. The other is a reddish mahogany with black green tail feathers. So is this possible or did another roo fly over into their pen? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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SO I have 4 BCM hens with 2 ameraucana roosters over them. I allowed eggs to be hatched and 2 made it. The chicks however look barred like a barred rock. But upon closer inspection the black in the barring is actually a green sheen. Not just black. How could this have happened?? I do not know what I expected but not barred looking chicks. My roosters are both different but no barring. One is white with black green tail feathers and some nice greenish feathers around his neck. The other is a reddish mahogany with black green tail feathers. So is this possible or did another roo fly over into their pen? Any help would be appreciated.
Your descriptions are very vague. Sounds like you have a Black tailed Red, A silver Columbian and a Black Copper Marans. A lot could be going on here and without the true genetic equations for the birds , it's just a guess. Poor autosomal barring in the chick down doesn't tell you a lot. You need to see the bird in its full juvenile feathering. And even that can change by the time it gets its adult plumage. You could have several candidates for locuses for the chicks. ER ( basically Black); eWh ( basically red); eb ( Brown). These are the colors of canvas upon which the other genes will paint the colors of the plumage. . Then at least these genes to choose from. Co, Mh, Black, Red, Db(Dark Brown) and probably others. Basically, you're going to have to wait until their adult plumage to make sure what your really have. Meanwhile, just enjoy the pretty colors as the birds mature.
Best,
Karen
 
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