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|Double Barred Male X Barred Female = Double Barred Males, Barred Females
Single Barred Male X Barred Female = 25% Double Barred Males, 25% Single Barred
Males, 25% Barred Females, 25% Solid Females
Double Barred Male X Solid Female = Single Barred Males, Barred Females
Single Barred Male X Solid Female = 25% Single Barred Males, 25% Barred Females,
Solid Male X Barred Female = All Males Will Be Single Barred, All Females Will Be Solid
The barring gene is useful in creating an autosexing breed as well as new colorations - such as
Creles - or other cuckoo colors . Pullets identifiable at hatch can be produced by breeding a
sold male to your Cuckoo pullets. All males produced from this cross will be single barred
males (having a white dot on their heads at hatch) and all females will be solid (no white dot on
The barring gene is an absence of coloration in the feather. The barring
gene causes white pigment in bars on a color. The rooster can be pure for
the barring gene or "double barred" making him appear lighter in color. A
double barred male is approximately 2/3 white and 1/3 color. A single barred
female or male would be approximately 50% white and 50% color.
The barring gene is a sex-linked dominant gene that is affected by a linked
feather growth gene. The barring gene can be found in Cuckoo colorings and
also Crele colorings. If the barring gene is matched with a fast feathering
gene then you will get crisp barring but if it is not then you will get more of a
Lavender Cuckoo Orpington
(one of my favorite birds)
We Imported 2012
Not Recognized by APA
Virtually no leg feathering, could still show up
from time to time as with all imported orps. These
are very large fluffy birds.
Can be bred to Lavender or Black Cuckoo for
gene diversity (see chart below)
|What to expect in breeding:
This variety breeds true. Mature Lavenders will
fade to tan/yellowing overtones (roosters more than
hens) in the hackles and saddle area from sun
exposure. If you plan to show it is advised to avoid
excessive sun exposure.
|Release Date - 2013
||Egg Laying - Fertility -Good,150-180 eggs per year.
Can be Broody - Peak laying is between 8-18 months, once
hens reach 2 years old longer intervals between laying after
molt could be expected
While this variety is absolutely stunning as young adults they will fade from age and time in the sun. The pictures above were taken of our roosters
under one year of age -( take notice to the baby spurs above for age confirmation). Below are photos of a lavender Orpington rooster, son to the rooster
on the upper left and brother to the one on the right. He is over a year (take notice to larger spurs below) and spends much of his time outside. He is
not a cross with any other color, he is 100% lavender Orpington.
Hens will fade somewhat, but not as much as the roosters.
Our original imported rooster at 10 months old
Young flock pictured below are the same birds pictured above.