Long story short.....my 6 yr old wants to show chickens. He only had one little old hen so I suggested he buy two more to make a trio in hopes they would give him babies that he can show. I took him to a small, local show where he bought a Gold Laced pullet and a White cockerel. I know basic rabbit color pattern genetics but I am not familiar with chicken color pattern genetics at all. So, I asked a group at the show about my son's birds' color compatibility but no one seemed to know what we'd get. Well, my son was already smiling ear to ear so I figured he should just enjoy them and we'd find out about color as soon as the first clutch hatched. Well, I may have messed up. I don't think he got anything showable. I don't even know what they are! Can he ever get anything showable out of these color combos? Both his hens layed eggs in the same box, both sat on them and hatched out chicks. They fought over the chicks until the Black hen won. LOL I have no idea who the mama is but here is everyone: Possible mamas (Black & Gold Laced) - : Chicks: Dad: These are how the chicks have feathered out so far: Sorry about the lighting contrasts. I've got a point and click and I'm no photographer. I just hoped to give you a good look at the pattern. I didn't know what to expect but it's not what I expected. LOL Is it cuckoo? It's not a really bad barred, is it? Mottled? Or are they just a muddled mess? Are they even all the same pattern?! I don't have my eyes for chickens yet so I thought you all would be able to help us best. Can anyone give me some ideas or suggestions on what I can do to help my son with his little flock? Try this, get rid of that, bring in this? Just start over? Thank you very much.