Buckaboo Farm
Buckaboo Breeding Pens

Buckaboo Breeding Pens

I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoys studying genetics. Some people start breeding chickens, because they love particular breeds and want to selectively breed their flocks to conform to the standards. I started breeding chickens, because I absolutely love the beautiful variety of colors, patterns, and textures in both eggs and feathers! If I had to reduce my chickening goals down to two key words they would be color and pattern! Who knew we could be so creative with chickens!!!??? I think God had fun creating them, and He definitely laughed when he made showgirl silkies!

This page is for those of you who want to understand the basics of chicken genetics. I will describe each of our breeding pens here at Buckaboo Farm, and what kinds of chickens we expect to develop in them. As you read through the information keep in mind that genetics is not an exact science. Sometimes we don’t get what we expect, because a gene from a few generations earlier may show up an surprise us! Every time a chick hatches or a pullet lays her first egg I feel like I’m opening a surprise gift at Christmas!

In simple terms, each characteristic, like egg color, feather pattern, etc, comes from the genetic code in a chicken’s cells. Genetic code is stored in chromosomes, which are DNA strands shaped like an X. When the parent’s body creates a reproductive cell half of the code from the X is transferred to the egg or sperm. This genetic information will be different for each reproductive cell. For example, if a hen lays eggs that are olive colored she has one gene for blue eggs and one gene for brown eggs in her DNA. When the DNA splits to make an egg, that egg may receive either the blue gene, or the brown gene. When sperm and egg come together the baby chick receives one gene for a given characteristic from each parent. In the case of the olive egger hen one of her babies may receive the gene for blue eggs, and the other baby may receive the gene for brown eggs. The final characteristic (or phenotype) of the baby will then depend on the gene received from the father.

This has been a very oversimplified explanation of genetics, but it should help you begin to understand how genetics work! Most characteristics, or phenotypes, actually depend on more than one gene. Genes can also do funky things, like crossing over or mutating. There are almost endless possibilities for biodiversity. In basic English, that means we can have tons of fun with chicken colors and characteristics!

Click on the following links to take a look inside our pens! I’ve organized them according to the roosters in charge of each pen. If the link doesn’t work yet try again in a few days. I will be publishing the articles as I have the time!

Ross and Russ the Chocolate Eggers

This pen will produce chickens that lay darker shades of speckled olive and chocolate eggs.

Norbert the Satin Paint Silkie

This pen will produce paint, white, black, blue, splash, and partridge silkies that have a variety of feather types.

Gunther and Chandler the Opal Legbars

This pen will produce hens that lay shades of blue, turquoise, green, and olive.

Won-Won the Buff Satin

This pen will produce silkies and satins that are buff, partridge, and blue/cream, and there will be a variety of feather types. Other colors may sneak in, but it’s unlikely.

Beskar, Mando, and Latte the Partridge Silkies

This pen will produce mostly silkies that are silver and gold partridge, with some possible variations, like blue/gold or black. There will be standard silkies and a few showgirls.

Fozzy and Faramir the Frizzled and Laced Satins

This pen will produce various colors of satins, with a good chance of lacing and frizzle.

The Lord Farquaad d’Uccles

This pen will produce mille fleur, golden neck, and silver mille fleur d’Uccles. We also expect frizzled d’uccles in the next few months!

Pepe the Porcelain d’Uccle

This pen will produce mostly porcelain d’uccles, with some possible diluted silver mille fleur babies.