Today, I am no closer to figuring out genetically, exactly what this color is, or how to keep it going.
It's gorgeous, but exactly what is it? A dark buff? A light reddish brown? A unique gene all its own? The only references I've seen to this color are the Pumpkin Hulsey line of Game Fowl. There is argument even among those who study chicken genetics as to what this color actually is. The most noticeable trait is a bright orange color on the tail feathers, as even bright red or dark gold chickens typically have black tail feathers. In some, (but not all) Pumpkin Hulsey Games, the chicken is a solid orange color, even the tail and neck feathering. Here is a solid orange Pumpkin Game rooster, minus any Mottling. (Not my photo, found on BYC):
Whatever you call this color, it is still here in the flock. Previous roosters with this color were Flame, who had puffy cheeks and slate legs, hinting at a bit of Ameraucana bloodline in his past, from an introduction in Year One to a blue-wheaten Ameracana hen I'd brought into the program as an experiment to try and introduce the blue egg gene.
|Flame, the first "Pumpkin" mottled Aloha.|
Funky comb, gray legs. Eh, it's a start.
|Butterscotch, the second Pumpkin colored Aloha.|
Better comb, not much more spotting. Still has gray legs.
|117 degrees? Whatever.|
He greets me at the back door each morning making the most hilarious warbling and screeching dinosaur noises. I've had to shoo him away from the patio numerous times, as he thinks it's hysterical to crow through the screen door into the house.
|Pumpkin Roo, the third and best colored of the orange roosters.|
When I went on vacation a while back, a large and lovely hen defied me and escaped. To be with Pumpkin Roo. They had run free all summer, while she was just a chick growing up, and she did not want to end their relationship. OK, I'd planned to put her in with the other rooster, but who am I to defy true romance?
|I'm considering adding this lovely half-Swedish hen to Pumpkin's harem.|
|Another cute hen that may cross well with Pumpkin Roo.|
Despite being small, Pumpkin deserves a chance to carry on his genes. He may be little in size, but he's big in heart. A tough little survivor, and 100% Aloha.