who determens the feather color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ginger2512, Nov 17, 2012.

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    i was wondering who determens the feather color, the egg color and if the feathers are full like a cochin or lacking like a legern, the Hen or the Roo?
     
  2. It is SAID that 'the hen gives the shape and the rooster the color', however I believe either parent can give the feather color, usually it ends up a mixed color (like a partridge rooster over a wheaten hen would result in a millie flluer like coloring)
    Leg color - It depends
    Egg color - Depends

    However, remember some genes are dominant over others which has a HUGE affect in the coloring of anything.

    As for full feathers - i think one is more dominant then the other
     
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    Thank you, I have a 3 Lavender Americana chicks not sure if they are all hens or if one is a roo. I like the color of them and the green eggs. But they are clean legged birds. I also like their size. I was wondering if I bread a standard Cochin roo to the my hens would the offspring be Lavender muffed, feathered legs and lay the green eggs. Do standard Cochins come in Lavender? If not what color should the roo be to keep the offspring Lavender.
     
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    I'm just getting started, THANK YOU so much this is a great help.[​IMG] I did forget about the comb difference and I didn't know Cochins laid light brown eggs. I live in Ohio. The summers get hot (above 95) at times with humidity and the winters are cold (below 0) at times. So finding birds that I like and are comfortable in both extrems, not easy. Thank you again for your help.
     
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