What's Columbian?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Becky_H, May 17, 2009.

  1. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am a newbie and someone earlier pointed out my rooster was part Columbian. I'm fine with that, but. WHAT IS Columbian?

    (This is the rooster)

    Thanks -- and again: I'm sorry for what I'm sure is a silly question.
  2. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    The coloration-white body,black tail,black main wing feathers and black strips around the neck.
  3. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!
  4. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Is Columbian a breed or just a description for the color pattern?
  5. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Columbian is a color pattern, a gene. Many breeds have the columbian color/pattern - cochins and rocks and brahmas many others.

    Very pretty pattern. There can be buff columbians (buff brahmas) and red columbians.

    It's the black in the neck and tail that is your clue.
  6. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    He looks splash to me.
  7. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
    No, the typical columbian trademark is the groundcolor chest (meaning not black or a dilution thereof) on the males and the equalized groundcolor body in both sexes.
    Hackles can be clear, without hackleblack.
    Tail can be groundcolor too as in buff.

    All these are genetically columbians.
  8. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    LOL Just when I get half a rule right I get the other half a rule wrong.

    So that could be a columbian splash male?

    And an all buff - without black hackles or tail could be carrying columbian as well?

    Chicken color is such a wild ride [​IMG]
  9. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    "WHAT IS Columbian?"
    it's um, nevermind. senior moment colliding with flashback...[​IMG]
  10. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Columbian is a gene which prevents black pigment on the breast & most of the body. It can work in combination with other genes to give various patterns. It seems to have a part in a lot of colours/patterns.
    Columbian is also a hobby name given to birds which have black based hackles, flights & tail. This colour is also sometimes referred to as "light".

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