Lemon Cuckoo Orpington
The Barring Gene – B

( Sex-linked dominant )

The Barring Gene is an inhibitor of colour pigment and will cause white bars on any solid
colour plumage.

Because barred females ( B,  - ) only carry one copy of the barring gene they will always
be the same shade with an even distribution of colour and white throughout the feather.

However males can carry either one copy of the barring gene ( B, b+ ) and will be
marked as the female or can carry two copies of the barring gene ( B, B ), which inhibits
a greater percentage of the feather colour.

The pure barred male has generally a two thirds percentage white and one third colour,
making the white bars wider and the overall appearance of the bird appear lighter.
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To breed Barred or Cuckoo poultry there are several  
breeding pen choices:

( B, B ) = a male pure for the barring gene, carrying two copies and light in
appearance

( B, b+ ) = a male carrying one copy of the Barring gene

( B, - ) = a Barred female

Any Solid colour

BARRED MALE ( one Barred gene )  X  BARRED FEMALE
50% Barred males ( 25% one Barred gene and 25% two Barred genes ), 25% Barred
females and 25% solid females


BARRED MALE ( one Barred gene )  x  SOLID FEMALE
25%  Barred males ( one Barred gene ), 25% Barred females and 50% solid colour


BARRED MALE ( two Barred genes )  X  BARRED FEMALE
50% Barred males ( two Barred genes ) and 50% Barred females


BARRED MALE ( two Barred genes )  X  SOLID FEMALE
50% Barred males ( one Barred gene ) and 50% Barred females

This mating  gives you the highest percentage of breeding Barred and a strong colour
can be achieved by breeding only from top quality solid colour females.

SOLID MALE  X  BARRED FEMALE
50% Barred males ( one Barred gene ) and 50% Solid females
Lemon Cuckoo Information courtesy of http://www.keiths-orps.co.uk
Barred Pullet
These birds are very large beautiful birds.  They posses the wonderful
Orpington personality and the ability to lay lots of beautiful large light
brown eggs.  

Although we do not import, someone imported the first  Lemon Cuckoo
Orpingtons into the United States from the UK around  2010.   We believe they
were crossed to Buff Orpingtons to diversify the very small gene pool they were
imported with.  

For this reason you
will not see the big price tag on this particular line of English
Orpington imports compared to the other English Orpington imports.    What we
are seeing in the chicks we are producing is a range of mostly
double barring
to
very faint barring .  So please be aware of the barring varieties that are
possible.  We believe the Lemon Cuckoos are absolutely beautiful!

All the pictures on this page are our actual beautiful
Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons
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