Mottling trait in Houdans

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

  1. mjjobbins

    mjjobbins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    mjjobbins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

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    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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