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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:48 pm 
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Hi everyone, just looking to pick someone’s brains about a breeding conundrum I have with a project pen I started a few years ago. I have some ideas myself but thought you guys might have better ones.

I have a line of lavender birds, mainly all lavender. This year I managed a few lavender columbian, a few porcelain, a furnace and a few blacks. They are Pekin bantams.

I am looking to expand my colour array into warmer toned colours. I have already purchased a millefleur cock bird for the porcelain pullets and a furnace cock bird for the furnace pullet. I am asking how to bring warm standard colours into this line. I also have mottles in the works.

My current ideas are;
- cross a buff columbian rooster to my lanender columbian hens (giving me 100% columbian cockerels hiding gold, and 100% buff columbian hens)

But other than that I’m a bit stumped. I don’t mind working on colour for a few years, the reason I’m behind in colour is because I’ve been concentrating on type.

Colours I’m looking at wanting are;
- salmon
- buff
- pyle/harlequin
- buff columbian
- lemon

Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks! :th

PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:41 pm 
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I would probably recommend specialising in just one particular colour for a while before trying to master too many. Recessive colours are good as you can keep breeding back to good type solid colour and continually improve without having to hatch many chicks. Whereas patterns like lacing and penciling will require hatching much greater number to choose from. Adding lavender will tend to give you softer pastel colours. Buff is a stunning colour, but one of the most challenging in any breed. If you add chocolate from the Orpington bantam imports you might have some fun.

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