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Partridge Cochin question about color/genetics/breeding.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by verycherry, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. verycherry

    verycherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Partridge Cochin Pair and want to purchase a couple more Cochin pullets or hens. These will be mostly for pets and eggs, as are my others, but I might want to hatch some eggs at least once sometime next year. if so, should the females only be the Partridge color as well? I heard that white was originally a sport of partridge, so I was wondering about white pullets. Could they be breed to my Partridge rooster, or should I stick to only Partridge?

    Thanks,
    Sherry
     
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    I am not positive... but if you get White hens you could end up with Black (I'm guessing with some red in the hackles, etc) or White offspring depending on if the hens are recessive or dominant white.

    But, I cannot say for sure on this...... hopefully someone will come along better equipped to answer this [​IMG]
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I saw the product of a partridge X splash. Boy that was awesome. It had three colored splash color. Very pretty. [​IMG]

    If you want Partridge get partridge only to breed. The males and females look different any ways. [​IMG]
     
  4. verycherry

    verycherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw the product of a partridge X splash. Boy that was awesome. It had three colored splash color. Very pretty.

    I bet it was pretty. I love the Splash colors on most breeds, but I want to be sure that the colors I produce are already accepted colors. I have my hands full now without working on new colors. I need EASY, lol!

    If you want Partridge get partridge only to breed. The males and females look different any ways.

    Yes, they do look quite different. I have both a male and female already.

    I just wish I knew if these are from the same breeding. I got both of them at a farm supply store, and they were the only two Cochins in the brooder, so chances are they came from the same hatchery, but I don't know if they came from the same hen. One was bigger than the other, but that really doesn't tell me anything.

    My roo needs more than one girlfriend, and the place I was considering buying chicks from doesn't sell partridge. That's why I was wondering about the white, or another color.

    I'd really like to find some older pullets or hens close by, but I haven't located any yet.​
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    have you checked Ideal? they are still shipping some breeds. But, of course, they would be babie chicks.
     
  6. verycherry

    verycherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I haven't checked with Ideal, because it's been 100 degrees here for a few weeks, and it won't cool off for a good while yet, so they can't be shipped. I don't think I'll be able to go that route this year.

    I'd like to get older chicks or hens anyway, so I guess I'll be checking the fairs in the fall if I can't locate any before then.

    I just really don't need baby chicks in the bathroom again. I have a teenage daughter who absolutely hated it the older (and smellier) the chicks got, and 2 little girls who kept leaving the door open. Too much extra stress!
     
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Yes fairs would be a wonderful place to find some. The closest thing to being to set a chicken color would be a fibromelanotic black chicken. (all black) White would be the worst, I think.

    ETA: but then they are not pure for color
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  8. verycherry

    verycherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm... they do have blacks.

    I'll just try to find someone in Arkansas with partridge pullets first. If anyone here knows of any, please chime in.

    I might not have much luck at our fair. I found out today that the four H kids are raising sex-links this year. I'm not sure what else they'll have there, but this is a very small town, so I'm not holding my breath for Partridge Cochins, lol!
     
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    You Know I am not very sure of the information I gave you,,,,so I hope you can check it out with someone else, too. I see there are some discussions on different black genes for different chickens, I am by no means any expert on genes. I have been told though that the melanotic black would be much easier to breed to a color chicken and have a good result.


    ETA: Oh I hope you do find a partridge cochin, I will keep my eyes open and let you know if I find one.
     
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