At Essex orpingtons we have a black cuckoo orpington breeding pen which began with a double factor cockerel purchased from Teresa Haberfield and two very large hens purchased from Bob Follows .
Three years on we now have crossed out to some David Pownall hens and we now have black cuckoo at what I believe to be exhibition standard.
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Cuckoo Orpingtons were created in 1907 and possess all the best orpington qaulities.Orpingtons are bred as much for their looks and temperament as for their egg laying capabilities. A healthy Black Cuckoo Orpington hen should lay 120 – 200 eggs per year and achieve a weight of between 6 – 8lbs and a cock bird should achieve a weight of between 8lbs to 10 lbs.
The barring gene is a sex linked dominant gene causing an absence of coloration in the feathers causing white pigment in bars on the colour.It is a very interesting gene as it can be applied to a variety of colours.
A barred male that carries only one barred gene when crossed to a barred female will produce about 25% barred cockerels. Half of those barred cockerels will have a single barred gene. The other half of those will have the double barred gene. The remaining will be 25% barred females and 25% solid females.
Taking a barred male with one barring gene and crossing it to a solid colored femal will produce 25% barred makes with one barring gene and 25% barred females. The remaining 50% of the birds will be of a solid color.
Now on to a barred male with two barred genes. If you take that double barred rooster and cross it to a barred female you will get about 50% barred males that will carry the double barring gene. The remaining 50% of hens will be barred.
To cross a barred male with two barring genes to a solid female you should plan on getting about 50% barred cockerels with one barring gene. The remaining half will be barred pullets. Breeding a double gene barring rooster to a solid hen will give you the result of having the most barred offspring. Using the finest stock you can obtain of both barred rooster and solid hen will give you the best results.
Last but not least the solid male crossed with a barred female will give you barred males with one barring gene and solid pullets.