Okay, I'm a newbie to genetics....think reallllly basic "beginner" here LOL.... Is mottled a gene in itself, or can you get it crossing white x black? If you didn't have a mottled bird, what would be the best way to produce one? Could you? Second question...if I breed mottled to mottled, will it produce a washed out version of mottled, or almost white? If I wanted to keep the mottling going, what's the best to breed to - black or white? (I love my roo's mottling, so don't desire to increase or decrease the black or white). ETA: By the way, thank you in advance for any advice. You guys are the best!!