Pure Bred Orpington Chicks for sale

Coloring and Feathering of Lemon Cuckoo Orpington

The Lemon Cuckoo is a lovely light golden.  The neck of the Lemon Cuckoo Orpington is often a richer golden adding a nice contrast. The wings of the female have white striping or cuckoo pattern on them. The males are striking.  I absolutely love the tail feathers of my males;  some white, some boldly striped some deep golden yellow.

The striping on Lemon Cuckoo varies in clarity.  On the females it tends to fade as time goes by.  On the males it tends to become more distinct.  I continue to breed for crispness and intensity by selecting from older hens.

Because the few English Lemon Cuckoo were brought over they were bred with the American Standard Buff Orpington for genetic diversity.  What this means is that the form of the Lemon Cuckoo Orpington is lacks that English form of the rounded rump. I am hoping that by breeding English Buff Orpington into the line and selecting for type with a rounder rump I can bring some of these traits back.

Lemon Cuckoo Orpington for sale

Lemon Cuckoo Orpington Chicks

These chicks are just precious.  Who doesn’t love a yellow chick?

 

The cuckoo stripe found atop the head of the cuckoo chick is almost impossible to perceive in very young chicks.  For this reason I keep cuckoos with cuckoos.  My breeding projects are kept in separate pens for development to avoid any mix up.

 

I do not sell Buff Orpingtons at this time.  I keep them simply for developing better rumps in the Lemon Cuckoo Orpington.

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Lemon Cuckoo Orpington Rooster

Understanding the barring gene…

Understanding the barring gene…

A Single Barred Male X Barred Female=

25% males will be single barred

25% males will be double barred

25% barred females

25% solid females

A Single Barred Male x  a Solid Colored Female=

25% barred males with one (single) barring gene

25% barred females

50% of the birds will be of a solid color.

Double Barred Male X Barred Female=

50% barred males that will carry the double barring gene

50% of hens will be barred.

Lemon Cuckoo Orpington wing closeup

I love these birds.  Their temperament is sweet and docile.  My rooster Elivs is a so cuddly and good-natured.

 

My rooster is double barred and the barring is distinct.  I find that the barring tends to be brighter and more distinct on the males rather than the females.  In the bird world it is not uncommon for the males to really show off in the feather department.  This being said, I am working on really selecting for distinct barring in the females to improve the line.