Mottled Ameraucana Thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Coyote Night, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    I've been tempted by this birds for a few years now... they're so pretty.

    How is the egg color?

    What are some of the faults you're still working on correcting?

    If the original project started with Speckled Sussex, is there any red leakage expressed in these birds?
     
  2. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    pretty birds. anything mottled is so cool
     
  3. Coyote Night

    Coyote Night Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg color is awesome. I posted a pic in top post. The big hurdle we are working on right now is leg color. With the mottling gene comes mottled legs which are not standard. Some have said it's not possible to correct but we have a little black mottled hen here with solid slate legs so yes it is possible just have to hatch hatch hatch and then keep the best birds to move forward with. There are a few other little things that we have been working on slowly like type and color on the blue mottleds but the biggest hurdle I think will be the legs. The original project was started so long ago that there is no longer any red leakage in these birds. John Blehm and Paul Smith bloodlines have been used early on in the project.
     
  4. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Jerry is a good one to ask on leg color
     
  5. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    Leg color is a challenge in the cuckoo projects also . Fairly easy on single barred but double barring is really hard to get slate legs . You think you have it then by 6 months those double barred males start to fade . My personal opinion is they are genetically slate legs and this should not be a sticking point . I have watched what other breeds with this problem are doing . It does not seem to be a issue for them and should not be for us . On the other hand if we succeed in doing the very difficult then no other project color with a similar problem should get a easy pass . I support a level playing field .
     
  6. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leg color is definitely a big problem! All the eggs I received last year were of good size and color. I hatched three batches last year, and ended up with mostly cockerels (I kept 3 - my blue mottled is HUGE!) and only 3 pullets. However, none of the pullets (as of now) look like they are going to be mottled, but when they were chicks they did have the extended light-colored down. Do some people find that mottling may not show up until after their first big molt? I thought I spied a few white feathers around the beak of one of my black pullets, but this may be just wishful thinking!
     
  7. Coyote Night

    Coyote Night Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mottled carrier maybe? Most of mine show mottling by point of lay at least a few feathers anyway. We introduced solid AM's to the mottled line to improve them and give more genetics so we didn't run into close inbreeding that would create deformed chicks. by doing so though we had a lot of split to mottled that was then taken back to mottled. I definitely see substantially more mottling after first molt but I've never had one of the splits turn out to be mottled once it molted. Be careful with the blue mottled. We were breeding blue to blue and getting splash mottled but it was very difficult to tell if the splash birds were mottled or split to mottled. We fazed out splash by only using black roosters.
     
  8. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since females cannot be split in other colors (chocolate, lavender for example) I assume that the only way to get mottled is to breed the resulting chicks to each other or pullets back to mottled cock birds. Unfortunately, I did not have good luck hatching mottleds in general. 3 shipments, 8 chicks total, 5 cockerels and 3 pullets (all solid). The blue mottled is amazing in size (compared to the lavenders), especially since I want to have a more dual-purpose line. I may follow your suggestion and only breed to the black pullets, although I really like the look of splash birds and do not have any currently.
     
  9. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    Lavender and mottled are not sex linked . Females can be carriers ( split ) .
     
  10. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thank you!
     

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