Lemon Cuckoo Orpington Chickens


lemon_cuckoo_pencil_drawingThis is yet another example of the barring gene over a solid colour created by Bob Follows.

Our breeding  pen for this colour comprises of six hens and two unrelated cockerels that we have bred from birds sourced by visiting many private collectors and purchasing the finest examples we could find.

We have refreshed this pen over the last four years with some of the best marked birds that we have bred.As well as the superb cuckoo barring these birds have attained very good size and type.

Buy Lemon Cuckoo Orpington Chickens that are for sale

Please note: to purchase cockerels or breeding groups please contact us to discuss availability via our contact form.

Lemon Cuckoo Orpington hatching eggs ( £2.50 each ) (Price: £2.50)
1 x Lemon Cuckoo hatching egg laid by our own hens.

Lemon Cuckoo Orpington pullets for sale (Price: £5.00)
These Lemon Cuckoo Orpington pullets (pullet is a female under 18 weeks old) have been bred from our own flock and hand reared at our Essex Orpingtons farm.

Reserve by paying a £5 deposit per bird. Simply add birds to the cart and then checkout. We will then contact you regarding collection / further payment / courier services via email, phone etc..

Lemon Cuckoo Orpington Chicken Photos

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Further information

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 including Buff.

Buff Orpingtons were bred as much for their looks and temperament as for their egg laying capabilities, and the Lemon Cuckoo Orpington has the same traits. A healthy Lemon Cuckoo Orpington hen should lay 150 – 200 eggs per year and achieve a weight of between 6 – 8lbs and a cock bird should achieve a weight of between 8 -10lbs.

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 50% barred males with one barring gene and half solid pullets.