|Imported Red Cuckoo
The Red Orpington is one of the 'original' variety Orpingtons, although the history is a bit
sketchy . It is believed they were presented in 1911 by William Cook's daughter, however it
was later written that this one is claimed by W. Holmes Hunt.
It was further written that the Reds had already been seen at the 12th German National Show
held in Nuremburg in 1908. A specialist breed club was formed in 1912, but they had to
compete with the Red Sussex and the Rhode Island Red.
The deep mahogany red cuckoo Orpington is still one of the rarest of the Orpingtons although they are gaining popularity.
We no longer breed Red Orpingtons, only RED CUCKOOS. However it is possible to get a solid red from the red cuckoos.
When breeding Red Orpingtons it is advisable to cross to black every now and then, otherwise
the color will lighten. Except breeding Red to Red you can breed Red to Black and cross the
reddest birds back to pure (non -related) Red.
Some Reds will end up with more black in the tail but this is acceptable in the breed standard.
(Buff has also been used to breed to reds with too much black in the tail.)
Eye color on Red Orpingtons is orange-red, beak and legs are white.
Red Cuckoo Orpington originally
bred by Keith Gibbons of Keith's Orps
Marc Sacre (red)
Keith Gibbons (red cuckoo)
Not recognized by APA - (considered a project color)
Slight leg feathering possible. Leg
color is pink to light slate.
Average to large fluffy birds.
|What to expect in breeding:
There is a range of color with the red cuckoos from a deep
Mahogany to a lighter red variety - black or dark points are
not uncommon and not all chicks hatched will be barred.
Can be bred to solid red for gene diversity.
These are quite lovely birds but are still considered a
|Release Date - 2013
||Egg Laying - Fertility - Good - Can be broody
Variation in hen color as outlined above.
The Red Cuckoo variety is the only reds that we currently breed. We have chosen the Red Cuckoo variety for their uniqueness. The roosters are quite
stunning with their vibrant red barring and quite commonly black tipped tail or wing tips and occasionally a darker feather band in the hackles. The hens
range from a peachy/light red color to deep mahogany. Nat all chicks are barred unless a double barred rooster is used.
Solid red hens can be used in the red cuckoo breeding pen, however using solid red roosters over barred hens will produce sex linked chicks (see the color
chart below) This variety is still considered a project color.
|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
What to expect when breeding for the barring
|This variety is
Unavailable to order