The red cuckoo orpington is another truly stunning bird first created by Bob Follows. We have been breeding this colour for 4 years now ,selecting the cleanest marked birds to breed on with. We now feel that these are ready to add to our sales stock as they are breeding true with little or no black in the wing and tail feathers. For breeding purposes we have found that breeding red cuckoo over red cuckoo seems to lighten the red with each generation, but over solid colour hens the red retains its strength.With this in mind our group comprises two double factor males over solid colour[deep mahogany] red hens.This ensures that the offspring retain the richness of colour required.
Once again we have the effect of the barring gene over a solid colour.
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 50% barred males with one barring gene and half solid pullets.
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Red Cuckoo Orpington Chicken Photos
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