Why Different Colors?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mossy_oak23, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. mossy_oak23

    mossy_oak23 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am VERY new to raising chickens but I have 6 crosses between cornish and araucana and 3 of them are jet black, 1 orange, 1 black with brown, and one almost a grey with brown. If they are all the same cross between the breeds why would they have such a vast range of color?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They are probably a big range of colors because white can hide other colors. Chicks from the same two parents can be different colors even.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Colour and breed are not synonymous--almost every every breed comes in many colours, and most colours/patterns come in multiple breeds.

    Are these birds full or half siblings, or simply the same cross, but not related?
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Another thing to take into consideration is the Araucana comment, say if they came from a hatchery they're probably EE's which being crosses may throw a lot of colors and never breed true. Crossing them over a cornish could for sure throw a variety of coloration's from the genetics in the EE.
     
  5. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Post pictures of the parents and the offspring.

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