Imported Cuckoo Orpington
Black and Lavender
The original Cuckoo Orpington LF was bred and introduced by William
Cook’s daughter Elizabeth Jane in 1907 not many years after his death.

Apart from the standard Cuckoo color all solid colours can be created
in a cuckoo variety .
The Cuckoo Orpington was developed by Elizabeth Clarke (daughter of William Cook) and it is
believed her brother W H Cook may have helped with the development, although this has not been
The Cuckoo made its debut at the Dairy Show of 1908 where 17 birds were exhibited. These birds
were not so much an exhibition variety, but a duel purpose type. They were mainly for meat and
good egg laying.
It was thought the Cuckoo did not survive the First World War. However, a strain is now believed to
have either survived or the colour re-created in England as there is a line of these birds that were
brought to Australia from England in 1947 (along with a few Blacks).

They are being maintained and exhibited regularly on the East Coast of Australia. The colour is
fast becoming one of the more popular ones and the largest exhibition so far in Australia was at the
2010 National Orpington Show where the Blue and Slate Cuckoo variations of the colour were also
on display. Several other colours in the Cuckoo exist in Australia and overseas, most are exhibited
regularly or were recently debuted.
The Barring Gene:
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,
50% Solid

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 their heads).
The Crele Orpington coloring is created when you take
a Partridge and add the barring gene to it.

To add the barring gene to a  Partridge color (to make
a crele)  you would take a Barred /Cuckoo rooster and
cross it to a  Partridge hen.  The resulting offspring
would be like the diagram above.
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 blurred barring.
Cuckoo Orpington
Imported 2012
Marc Sacre - Imported
Not recognized by APA
Variety information:
Slight to no leg feathering (could still
show up from time to time as with all
imported orps)
.  This variety is on the
large size.
What to expect in breeding:
This variety of Orpington breeds true.  You can produce
double barred males, single barred males and single barred
females and in some cases black
(see the cuckoo chart below).  
Can be bred to Black or Lavender for gene diversity.
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
Emmeline Fields with her friend "Chicken Fred"
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