Orpington: Chocolate Gold Laced

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The colour and type of the Chocolate Gold Laced Orpingtons has improved greatly over the last two breeding seasons and the 2015 pullets are of an exceptional quality.

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My original Chocolate Gold Laced Orpington breeding group showing a darker Chocolate base colour and the gold being much lighter, almost Buff

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The Gold has developed into an even bright shade consistent throughout the plumage with a regular even Chocolate lacing.

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2015 FEATHER PATTERN

Chocolate Gold Laced Large Fowl Orpington 6

2014 FEATHER PATTERN

The lacing in orpingtons is made up of a combination of three genes.The pattern gene ( Pg ), the Columbian gene ( Co ) and a black melanised gene ( MI )

The pattern gene is responsible for creating the lacing by moving the black pigment in the feather into a ring around the feather shaft while the Columbian gene you would describe as a clarity gene, it helps to restrict the black pigment from the areas you want to clear which in this case is the centre of the feather. MI intensifies the black in the outer lace which gives the feather enough black pigment to make a solid lace around the feather.

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GOLD LACED

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CHOCOLATE GOLD LACED

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CHOCOLATE SILVER LACED

THE CHOCOLATE IN THE CHOCOLATE GOLD LACED IS A SEX LINKED RECESSIVE GENE

So a cockerel needs two copies of the gene to be chocolate but the hen only needs one.

Chocolate x Chocolate = 100% Chocolate

Black split Chocolate cockeral x Black hen = 25% Black split cockerals/ 25% Black cockerals/ 25% Black hens/ 25% Chocolate hens

Chocolate cockeral x Black hen = 50% Black split cockerals / 50% Chocolate hens 

Black cockeral x Chocolate hen = 50% Black split cockerals/ 50% Black hens

Black split Chocolate cockeral x Chocolate hen =25% Black split Chocolate cockerals/ 25% Chocolate cockerals/ 25% Black hens/ 25% Chocolate hens