The birds are quite beautiful and one of my favorites. Very docile and friendly, they'll follow you around and don't mind being held. Their body is deep, broad and cobby. The back is nicely curved with a sharp and concave outline. The tail is short, compact, flowing and high but not a squirrel tail. The chocolate color can vary depending on breeding practices. I prefer the deeper, darker chocolate color and strive to accomplish that with my breedings.
The Chocolate gene is a sex linked recessive mutant gene, so the females can't hide the gene. If they have the chocolate gene they will be chocolate, males can be carriers and require two copies to be visually chocolate.
Pure chocolate rooster x pure chocolate hen= 100% chocolate males and females
Pure chocolate rooster x pure black hen = 50% black male (split blacks) with chocolate gene and 50% chocolate hens.
Pure black rooster x pure chocolate hen=Gives all black offspring. The males (split blacks) with chocolate gene, hens will be pure black.
Split black rooster (carrying the chocolate gene) x pure chocolate hen= 50% pure chocolates (males and females) 25% black split males (carrying the chocolate gene) 25% pure black females.
Split black rooster (carrying the chocolate gene) x black hen= 25% pure black cockerels, 25% black split males (unable to tell which males have the gene) 25% pure black females, 25% pure chocolate females.
You can breed Chocolates to Black to enrich their color if your chocolate starts looking washed out. You would want to breed a Chocolate male to a Black female, as you will create 'sex linked' birds where you can identify the males and females at hatch. This is because Chocolate is a recessive sex-linked gene; males can carry two copies of the Chocolate gene where females can only carry one copy. Males inherit a copy of the Chocolate gene from their mother and father to look Chocolate, where females can only inherit a copy from their father. If a male only carries one copy of the Chocolate gene, he will not look chocolate, but will pass this gene to 50% of his offspring. I am currently breeding chocolate split mottles to chocolate split mottles. In hatching you will get 25% chocolate, 25% chocolate mottle, 50% chocolate split mottles.
Chocolate male x Black female = 50% Black males carrying the Chocolate gene, 50% Chocolate females
Black male x Chocolate female = 50% Black males carrying the Chocolate gene, 50% Black females
Black male carrying the Chocolate gene x Chocolate female = 25% Chocolate males, 25% Black males carrying the Chocolate gene, 25% Chocolate females, 25% Black females
Black male carrying the Chocolate gene x Black female = 25% Black males carrying the Chocolate gene25% Black males not carrying the Chocolate gene, 25% Chocolate females, 25% Black females