I have been working on a couple of crosses with some of our various breeds of chickens. My one hen was chocolate. (She was an OEGB) anyway, I crossed her over a Nankin rooster and got these chicks that are both chocolate with buff, but the chocolate is like a base color, or primary color and then the buff pattern looks like it lays over the chocolate. My original intent was to change the black in the tails and wings to chocolate. I have both a cockerel and a pullet from the original cross and they look similar (the cockerel having the male plumage though) I thought there was a thread on here some place similar to what I was doing, but can't locate it. I was trying to decide in order to get closer to my goal, do I breed these two back together, or do I cross the hen back to the father in order to get birds that are more similar to the Nankin, but having chocolate tails and wing areas instead of black like the Nankin. I am keeping the Nankins pure, but the chocolate OE hen was put in the community pen when it was cold, and when we tested the incubator, these hatched, and I've been trying to figure out how to make chocolate tailed reds (as in Nankins) as opposed to black tailed reds.
The two birds in the center are the parent birds, I will have to get pictures of the two chicks in question, they are about 2 months old now. I am also playing with combs on the Nankins in breeding pens, I have basically, rose comb, single comb, the high rosecombs which are part rose comb and one that looks almost like a buttercup comb, but its a messed up rose comb. But out of the chicks I've hatched so far I have a nice even mix of what looks like they will be nicely shaped rose combs and nice single combs...but we will see how the grow up. The two chicks the male is Single and the hen is rose I believe, I will have to double check, but I am not worried about their combs, just interested in producing the color.