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Mottling trait in Houdans

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mjjobbins, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. mjjobbins

    mjjobbins Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Bartlett, TN
    Is there a way to increase the amount of black to white in Mottled Houdans, or any mottled breed for that matter?

  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    don't think so mottling is random, but they tend to get lighter as they age.
  3. mjjobbins

    mjjobbins Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Bartlett, TN
    Too bad. I've seen mottling on Anconas that looked far from random. I was hoping I could introduce something like this into my flock. The reason I am thinking about this is that I saw some old prints with houdans that looked alot more like the ancona coloring. As rare as houdans are becoming, it would probably be a mistake to dilute their genes further. Maybe not?
  4. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Songster

    I don't know whether the mottling might be made more even by selection.
    Is there such a thing as a black houdan in US? If you breed into blacks breed the F1s together you will probably get some with a greater amount of black to white.
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    If you read the standard, the mottling is pretty much supposed to be on every feather; not too random that. I believe selective breeding is the best to achieve that.

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