Orpington Color Breeding Chart

MjChickens

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Hello,
Could someone point me in the right direction to find a color chart for breeding Orpingtons?
I have a blue and chocolate Orp chicks and am told that they can be sexed by color and would like to find the correct information for colors.
TIA for any help.
 
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MjChickens

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Hi Mysterychicken,
Thank you for responding!
I dont have any pics currently. I do know they are one blue roo and one chocolate pullet. But want to understand the colors better and how the color work with each.
I am also wondering how the chocolate would work with any BBS or if I should steer clear of that.
 

MysteryChicken

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Hi Mysterychicken,
Thank you for responding!
I dont have any pics currently. I do know they are one blue roo and one chocolate pullet. But want to understand the colors better and how the color work with each.
I am also wondering how the chocolate would work with any BBS or if I should steer clear of that.
bbs-chart.jpg

There's such thing as a chocolate splash.
Here's a BBS inheritance chart.

Breeding black to chocolates will produce chocolate splits, which can be bred to make more chocolates for example.
 

The Moonshiner

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Chocolate isn't sexable. It's sex linked so it can be used to make sex linked offspring.
The only way it works is by breeding a chocolate rooster over certain non chocolate hens.
If you breed a chocolate rooster to a black hen you will get chocolate pullets and black cockerels.
In your situation breeding a blue rooster to a chocolate hen will give you on average 50% blue offspring and 50% black offspring.
All male offspring will carry a gene for chocolate. Female offspring will not.
 

ColtHandorf

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I have a blue and chocolate Orp chicks and am told that they can be sexed by color and would like to find the correct information for colors.

I agree with the Moonshiner. You can not sex blue or chocolate chicks at hatch based on their color. An exception to that rule is the sex-linked nature of the Chocolate gene as explained above.

Crossing Blue and Chocolate will result in Mauve.
 

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