Post by lildinkem on Sept 24, 2012 14:01:59 GMT -5
I have a line of Blacks that has some of Doug's Buff in them. And the offspring seem to have more green sheen over the entire bird's body then my pure black lines have. And the hen I have used this season is passing that trait to her babies.
This is one of her offspring. Not the best angle but you can see how much of her is green, and the cockerel in the far back is also from her. He is totally electric green
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2012 14:06:40 GMT -5 by lildinkem
The purple has been said to be due to an excess of green color pigment. To overcome the defect, it was for many years a common practice never to mate two lustrous, greenish birds together, but to always mate a lustrous greenish male to a dull black female, or vice versa, that an excess of green sheen might not be produced. Mr. Charles H. Hubbard, who in recent years has produced as deep a green lustre in his Black Orpingtons as has been seen in America, mated bright, beetle-green birds together. He held that purple was due to improper feather growth, and it is certain a pure colored bird in the hands of a novice may moult in a plumage full of purple bars, and chicks of well-bred stock may be grown full of purple and white as a result of improper care. Mr. Hubbard writes, in his book. "Poultry Secrets," on mating to produce sheen in Blacks, as follows: "The purple barring comes more from improper care and feeding than from the mating. * * * I can mate the two high sheens together and be free from any red in hackle * * "The method I use in matin Black Orpingtons to get the beautiful green plumage in both cockerels and pullets is to mate a male and female that have the same shade of green. or as nearly as possible to match them. This will produce cockerels and pullets of the beautiful green sheen from a single mating."I learned to mate Black Orpinetons bv killing a pair of crows; a male and a female. I noticed that the plumage of the two birds was exactlv the same shade of green. You should not pick the male from the female in regard to color. This proved to me that nature never intended that a high green sheen male should be mated to a dull black female, but that the plumage of the male and female should be of the same shade. I have never yet found purple barring on crows' feathers. This also proves that the purple barring does not come from mating- a high sheen male to a high sheen female. If it did, I would have found barring in the plumage of the crows. "Then I went to work and experimented on the different methods of caring- and feeding and I proved to mv own satisfaction that 75 per cent of the purple barring in black plumage is caused bv improper care and feeding, which causes a stunt of feather growth." Where green birds of both sexes cannot be secured, see to it that the surface of the male is green, for the male "exerts the most influence on the color of the progeny. (F. L. P.")