Damascene Cock paired to English Modena Schietti Silver Cream Hen
This pairing I tried during the summer 2009.The offspring varied in colour with one chick lighter than the other but in each nest (2 nests tested) the lighter chicks faded away before 14 days old with only the wild type surviving to fledge. This does not have to be a genetic problem and could be a general health problem.
The chick featured looked like the typical wild type in colour at fledging but has a shorter beak like the Damascene Sire and and a shorter tail, no real sign of the incomplete dominant Ice factor which came through much better in the 'Breeding Example' on the previous page. The head is nicely rounded but both parents have this feature. The legs have the odd feather towards the feet which the Modena hen has a tendency towards. The bars on the wing shield appeared dark.
The chick is particularly tame but again the Modena Dam and even more so the Damascene Sire are friendly. The tameness shows itself more as a dominance to myself with pecking, wing slapping, cooing, circling and generally showing off when I approach them.