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I have been talking to a lot of American breeders on facebook recently, and they are receiving some really bad advice regarding just this. I’m afraid now
they have crossed the spangleds to jubilees, you will never get rid of the red feathers. The females carry it, the males present with it, it can even skip a
generation, or two, and then re-appear!
When you were told to outcross, what they should have told you, was that will improve your jubilees, and is how to do it, you can only outcross a jubilee to a
spangled, nothing else, But, and it’s a big but, you must cull any spangleds that come out from the results of that mating because they will all have the red
The only thing you can outcross a spangled to to improve them would be a pure black, not a black from BBS lines, a pure black, and it’s usually the second
generation when bred back together, that will show spots, the first gen will have spots, but they will disappear as the chicks moult out into adult feathers.
Because to keep them, both parents must have the mottling gene, only one copy is passed on in the first mating, which is why offspring need to go back to
pure spangled, or it takes until generation 2 to lock them in, if bred back together.
Back to jubilee. You can out cross a jubilee to a spangled, but only once every 3 years anymore, and you will loose the mahogany, because jubilee is
a tri-band gene, and a spangled is a double band gene. So by outcrossing more often, you’ll loose the tri-band eventually, once outcrossed, and it really
doesn’t matter whether you use a spangled female, under a jube male, or the other way round, you MUST cull any spangled chicks, and the jubilee chicks,
MUST go back to a pure jubilee to lock in that all important tri-gene. The first lot of jubilee chicks, may appear a little darker than usual, as the black band is
a little broader from the outcross, this is also why they need to go back to a pure jubilee.
Hope that’s the information you needed. I’m really sorry, but the bottom line is, the spangleds you got from the jube outcross, should really all be culled,
unless you can use them to improve your jubilees further down the line, if they are better in type and size, that’s really the only thing you can do with them.
|The biggest visual difference is that the Jubilee is a mahogany base bird, and
the Mottled Orp with red feathers is still a black base bird. It is especially
apparent in the chest area, the Mottled Orp rooster is completely black with
white feather tips, but has red through in the hackles and saddle area.
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