Ok, I wasn't sure where to put this thread, but since this is the genetics section and my questions are mainly about genetics, I figured this was the best place for it.
I have a few ideas for some fun color projects, but before I even get my birds, I want to learn as much as possible about which breeds/patterns/genes are dominant and recessive in order to make the final decision about which breeds and varieties I should start with. My six main ideas are as follows:
1. Barred Easter Eggers. I know this has been done before, but I basically want a typical Ameraucana build, muff, beard, and pea comb included, with the barred pattern and preferably the blue or green eggs (NOT olive. The dark green weirds me out a little). So would this just be simple Ameraucana X Barred Rock crossings, and if so, what color Ameraucana would least interfere with the vivid barred pattern? I would like the barred pattern to remain as unchanged as possible.
2. Blue Barred Easter Eggers or Rocks. I don't particularly care whether these are Easter Eggers or not, I just thought it would be cool to have the blue eggs to go with the blue barred pattern. I have no idea how to make the black in the barred pattern turn blue, though, so any suggestions on how to make that happen would be super awesome.
3. Blue Laced Buff. I don't know if this would even be possible within any reasonable amount of time (20 years....?) but I really like the idea of a super blonde buff with that pretty smoky blue lacing. I'm not sure what breed to even start with, although I'm assuming Wyandottes would be a good place to start, what with all the lacing colors they've already been morphed into, but I wouldn't know what to breed them with to get the desired result. I had a thought that maybe a BLRW crossed with a BO or something might have the desired effect, but I really need help on completing that particular thought. Maybe a BLRW with a BW Ameraucana? I really don't know.
4. Lavender Splash Easter Eggers. I love the look of Splash EEs. I also love lavender birds. I would REALLY love to combine the two. Would breeding a lavender to a splash achieve this?
5. Silver Laced Lavender Wyandottes. The concept behind this would be taking a regular SLW and making the black on such a bird lavender instead. Once again, how do I make a black chicken lavender? Also, how do I get the lacing to stay? Is it dominant? I seem to recall that lavender is dominant, but is it too dominant to make a laced lavender?
last but not least....
6. I want to cross a Speckled Sussex (or similar pattern) with a BLRW and end up with offspring who have BOTH patterns present. Is this possible, and how would I do it?
I know there's a lot of questions here. And I also know that I don't know ANYTHING about chicken color genetics, including dominant and recessive genes. I know the difference, and I know how to manipulate the two (I've bred horses for 15 years), but I don't know anything about the specific colors themselves. The only thing I know for sure is Black X Black = 100% Black, Black X Blue = 50% each Black and Blue, Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash, Splash X Black = 100% Blue, Splash X Blue = 50% each Blue and Splash, Splash X Splash = 100% Splash, and that the same applies to Wheatens where Wheaten=Black, Blue Wheaten=Blue, Splash Wheaten=Splash. That's literally ALL I know about chicken color genetics and breeding. Sorry guys, but it looks like you've got your work cut out for ya in educating this newbie!!! Any help, info, tips, tricks, suggestions, or advice would be a blessing and greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!
Oh, and before anyone tries to tell me-- I already know that any of the EEs I create will not breed true, and that getting more than, say, one of each these varieties I'm attempting would be a heck of a long shot. I just want to see if I can do it, just one time, in the manner in which I envisioned it, that's all. Ok, I'm really done babbling now :D
~*~ Lindsey ~*~
~*~ Lindsey ~*~