Originally Posted by windnleavesfarm
I just wish that they would give you a choice for a surprise chick don't just throw something in. That's not fair to the customer. And they should state that in there details about the breed that not all will come blue otherwise you can loose many customers. Thank you for your reply!
I did find this under their page for blue Andalusians. Not a very good description of the blue gene. Blue has nothing to do with white, and I have no idea what they mean by black-white colors. Breeding blue to another blue will not result in white.
THE COLOR BLUE: A unique genetic feature of this breed is the constant recurrence in the offspring of not only all blue chicks, but also the black, white, and black-white colors used in the original matings many generations ago to produce these blue birds. All of these chicks carry the blue genes and when mated black on white or with other blues in turn produce many blue offspring. In our breeding flocks, however, only blue males of the finest color are used.
Approximately 50% of the baby chicks will be all blue. The other 50% will be black, white, and black/white combinations.
Blue is an incomplete diluter of the color black. No blue gene means the bird will be black, one blue gene produces a blue bird and 2 blue genes create a splash. So when you breed blue to another blue you get 50% blue, 25% black and 25% splash offspring. It is possible to get 100% blue offspring, if one pairs a splash to a black.