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Brahma genetics for idiots?

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Hey all,
I have raised and bred chickens as a hobby for a while but I've decided I would like to get serious about brahmas. I have some hatchery stock to experiment with until I move to my new property in about a year, then I will be comfortable purchasing more expensive birds from a breeder.
So I have started researching more about genetics specifically pertaining to brahmas. I originally had the impression that this breed couldn't produce a lot of color variety. Then I recently saw a thread where someone was breeding blue, blue with lacing, gold partridge, splash, etc. How do you breed those colors into a bird that only has 3 standardized colors, none of which (to my knowledge) contain any blue or lacing?
Can someone please explain brahma color/pattern genetics to me like I'm in third grade? I really want to learn, but google's got nothing!
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Outcross to acquire the genetics required, then breed hard for good Brahma type, culling hard as you go.

 http://www.the-coop.org/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=29277&page=1

"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
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"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
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