Silver laced chocolate Orpington

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickaddict44, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Chickaddict44

    Chickaddict44 Chirping

    Aug 3, 2014’s been awhile since I’ve posted here and I’ve come here for your educated thoughts. I hatched 11 silver laced chocolate Orpingtons that are still in the project stages from a breeder. Out of 11, three of them are white. I’ve attached pics. The breeder has told me that she’s only hatched a couple white ones out of hundreds and I got three in one small hatch I believe all 3 are cockerels. How did I end up with white chicks? I’m curious what I should breed them with, if it all? They have wonderful personalities.

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  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    Looks like recessive white, rather than dominant, so it shouldn't mess up your breeding scheme too much if you add them to the gene pool. Just remember that, statistically, for every one bird with two copies of recessive white, there are at least another two birds with only one copy—so if you cross the white birds with a sibling that carries recessive white, half of their offspring'll be white.

    There is also the fact that you're unable to see the markings on those birds. Which would probably discourage me from using them.

    i can't think of any other downsides.
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  3. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Songster

    Feb 19, 2019
    Commerce, Texas
    Are they bantam?

    Agreed about the recessive White. I'd just combine them into one pen occasionally making split and crossing them back in. The White is going to cover everything underneath it.

    I'm getting ready to work on a Lavender and Blue Silver-laced Large Fowl Orpingtons myself.
  4. Chickaddict44

    Chickaddict44 Chirping

    Aug 3, 2014

    Thank you! That makes sense.
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  5. Chickaddict44

    Chickaddict44 Chirping

    Aug 3, 2014
    Hi...not bantams however one is quite small. Sounds like you have a lovely project going.
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