Extracted from Bantam Chickens
by Fred P Jeffrey

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I believe that you have to have two lines, that is, to have one line darker than the other, so that when they are brought together there will be an infusion of colour one from another.

To obtain the almond shaped hackle desired in the female, start with a male having a V-shaped hackle feather. Then as the female neck-feathers gradually broaden, use the broadest with such a male and the point will soon be established.  If the neck feathers In either male or female begin to have too much black, choose one or the other with an excess amount of white

 To improve the colour in saddles of males, use females with a prev­alence of black spots in web of feathers of back; also it is impor­tant to use a male that is absolutely clean in this section. Do not be concerned as to whether he has dark or light under-colour.  Be certain the webs are clean and 90 percent of the females will have clean backs as required by the Standard — the V-shaped saddle.

Columbian Show profile

Do not use males with black or gray in the web of feathers of the saddle. I repeat, do not be concerned about having too much under-­colour, or not enough, as it Is possible to produce just as good chickens from one as the other.
If the wings have not been running good in colour, use a male that has a good black set of primaries, with practically no white edging.
To be a successful breeder of the Columbian colour pattern, one must be able to read the Standard intelligently, understand line breeding, identify the birds properly, feed and grow them correctly and house them well.

Anonymous (1968) describes a double mating system for the Columbian Wyandotte:

Cockerel mating —  A standard coloured male with strong green sheen in all black sections is desired. The hackle striping should be clear and distinct and carried all the way to the skin, while the saddle Is not heavily laced and the striping runs only about one quarter way down the feather with a distinct break and then bluish slate under-colour. The back should be absolutely clean in colour and the main tail a solid black running clear to the base of the feathers. The fluff should be white with bluish slate under-colour ending with white at the skin. The females should be of standard type. The feathers should be broad. The hackle lacing should come well around in front of the neck, while the back should show no ticking in surface. The under-colour of back should be a strong bluish white.  The wings should show strong colour, the black and white being distinct and clearly defined. Good, narrow, sharp lacing is desired In the tail coverts. In general, the females for this mating should show darker colour tones than the standard female.

Pullet mating — Select a male of good type and head points, but with a trifle lighter colour in all sections, including under-colour, than is standard. Both the hackle and saddle feathers should be long and flowing and very slightly striped. The tail should be profusely feathered with coverts which are distinctly and narrowly laced, the lacing extending the full length of the feathers and being free from any brown colour. Strong black colouring In the primaries and secondaries is very important, the black and white being distinct and free from peppering. The females of this mating should be standard, both in type and colour. A slate under-colour of fluff is desired. The lacing of the hackle and tail coverts should be as distinct and well defined as possible.

Back of female
Back of female

Hackle pattern of female
Hackle pattern of female

Tail pattern of female
Tail pattern of female

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