If you noticed he took his F1 male and breed it to a speckled Sussex. Speckled Sussex carry the mottling gene. I was told by another breeder that the mottling gene can contribute to lacing. I had the formula but I've misplaced it. But I put it to the test. I put a mottled birds on e BBReds and EWh wheatens and of course I got mottled birds showing up in the F2 group. It takes two breedings to get the recessive mottling gene to appear. But also strongly laced birds showed up also. Does anyone else have the info on this type of breeding?
I am working on the Gold laced right now to have it accepted by the APA. It is in its infancy. I used an American black Orpington 3 years ago and I am on F5. The color is correct but I have gone right back to the German type. I seem to loose a little length and hard feather American, *type* in the third generation. I think I need a few better black pullets for my project. I need all the help I can get. I am also looking for someone who has blacks and will work with me. I have width and depth and head. I need harder tail feathers. I have a good *fan* to the tail, but the feathers are just not hard enough. I have good length in hens. I am lacking back length in males. I am not even sure I should add another black into the mix until I see the F6s mature. I have three of them. I wish I had good American stock to compare. I have a buff..she is an American and they are and feel similar in type and bone structure. Just not tight enough feathers.