white orpington Bantams

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white orpington Bantams

Postby Chickenollyguru » Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:28 pm

I want to breed white Orpington bantams that have white and fluffy feathers, white beak and legs, and a straight comb which meet the competition standards.

Could I start with a not very good white male and cross this with a very good black female, would I get better white offspring? Or would I be starting from a point too far from my goal?

Does anybody know good suppliers of white Orpingtons, either in this country or abroad, where I could buy some fertilised eggs?
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Re: white orpington Bantams

Postby MrsBiscuit » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:14 pm

You would be much better off getting hold of good white stock. This is for 2 reasons, firstly you should always breed for type first and colour second, so if you are starting off with a poor specimen you are highly likely to replicate the faults. Secondly, I'm not sure if orps are dominant white, or recessive, and I am no genetics expert, but I do know that it is very difficult to know what you will get if you mate a white anything to a non-white anything, as it is not clear other colours/patterns the white might be 'hiding'.

As far as suppliers are concerned, you could try Keith's Orps or Orpingtons Galore (very good breeder).

White orps are lovely :D
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Re: white orpington Bantams

Postby Chickenollyguru » Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:16 pm

Thanks that's brilliant
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