Hi! After seeing some posts on here with really COOL chicken colors (and not knowing what the heck they are) I thought it would be fun for everyone to have a place to post photos of their "mystery color" chickens for feedback and info from the gurus of chicken color that lucky for all of us, lurk on BYC. I'll get the thread rolling with my own "Mystery Chicken Color". I've been working on a project that requires some serious line-breeding, and last year, I had this color unexpectedly come up in two of my roosters. LOVE it! Color has absolutely NO BLACK. Areas of tail that would normally be black are a pale milk-chocolate color with red tones. (Darker than body color.) Body color is a bright orange shade. He also has mottling on top, but it's the base color I'm wondering about: Above: Rooster "Butterscotch" Below: Rooster "Pumpkin" The strain I've been working with, I believe does contain some kind of random bred Mexican game stock, due to body type and mottling. The original hen that these roosters were line bred from, was purchased from my Mexican neighbors next door, who moved back to Mexico shortly after I got her. I did find this Craigslist ad for a "pumpkin game rooster" who was located within a few miles of my house. I saved the Craigslist ad photo (NOT MY PHOTO OR MY CHICKEN) because I thought the color kind of reminded me of my unusual guys here: So my questions are: 1. What color is this? 2. Does it show up in hens, or just roosters? 3. What would be good color crosses, to breed to these roosters, to produce more? (Currently, I have purebred Speckled Sussex, New Hampshire Red, and Buff Rocks to use as outcrosses.) Thanks for your help! Anyone else have a cool mystery chicken color to post?