Imported Large Fowl
Classification: Heavy: Soft feather
Egg Color: Slightly tinted
General Characteristics: Male
Carriage: Bold, upright and graceful
Type: Body is deep, broad and cobby. Back is nicely curved with a sharp and concave outline. Saddle is wide and
slightly rising with a full hackle. Breast is deep and well rounded. Wings are small, nicely formed and carried closely to
the body. The ends of the wings are almost hidden by the saddle hackle. Tail is short, compact, flowing and high but not
a squirrel tail.
Head: Small and neat, fairly full over the eyes. Beak is strong and curved. Large bold eyes. Single, small comb firmly set
on the head. Comb is evenly serrated and free of side sprigs. Face is smooth. Wattles are of a medium length being
oblong in shape and nicely rounded at the bottom. Ear-lobes are small and elongated.
Neck: Medium in length, curved and compact with a full hackle.
Legs & Feet: Legs are short and strong. Thighs are almost hidden by the body feathers and are set well apart. Four
straight and well spread toes.
Plumage: Fairly profuse but close and not soft, loose or fluffy and in the Cochin or close and hard as in the Game Fowl.
General Characteristics: Female
The general characteristics are similar to the male except that her cushion should be wide and almost flat and slightly
rising to the tail.
Color: Chocolate brown all over. Beak is brown, eyes are either dark brown. Comb, face, wattles and ear-lobes are
bright red. Legs and feet are pale.
The Chocolate gene is a sex linked recessive mutant gene, so the
females cannot hide the gene.
If they possess the choc gene, they will be Chocolate. Males, however
can be carriers and require two copies to be visually Chocolate.
Information on how the genetics work:
Pure Chocolate cockerel x Pure Chocolate hen = Gives 100%
Chocolates (male and female).
Pure Chocolate cockerel x Pure Black hen = 50% black male (spilt
blacks) with chocolate gene and 50% chocolate hens.
Pure Black cockerel x Pure Chocolate hen = Gives ALL Black
Offspring, but the Males (split blacks) with Chocolate gene, Hens will
be pure black.
Split Black cockerel (carrying chocolate gene) x Pure
Chocolate hen = Gives 50% Pure Chocolates (males and females)
and 25% Black split males (carrying Choc gene) 25% Pure Black
Split Black cockerel (carrying Chocolate gene) x Black hen =
Gives 25% Pure black cockerels, 25% Black split males (unable to tell
which males have the gene), 25% Pure black females, 25% Pure
|One of the more recently recognised colors in the Orpington is the Chocolate. Believed to be exported from Australia to England by Dr Clive
Carefoot some time around 1993-94. The color exists in both LF and bantam and is fast becoming a popular color due to its uniqueness. The
colour was first seen from an all Black mating and is believed to be a rare sex linked recessive gene.
These birds are quite striking and one of my favorites!
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Large Fowl Chocolate Orpington
Our Own Imported Line 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.
|What to expect in breeding:
This variety breeds true. We currently have our Chocolates and Chocolate
Cuckoos together in the same breeding pen. From this breeding we produce
both chocolate and chocolate cuckoo which are visibly different at hatch.
Can be bred to Black for gene diversity (see chart below)
|Release Date - 2013
||Egg Laying - Fertility - Fair,120-150 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.
My original imported rooster
And his son. The picture above him is a