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Expected colors: Buff laced/WC Blue polish

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I haven't had much luck when researching this. I'm mostly just curious. I had no idea chicken color genetics could get so complicated. And I've had a few graduate level genetics courses. Lol!

What kind of chicks would you expect from a bearded Buff laced Polish hen and a Frizzle white crested blue Polish rooster?

I have two chicks from this cross. One looks solid white at this point and the other is mostly white with a few random darker specks. Both frizzles.

I'm curious as to what all colors could be expected. Can you get a solid white from this cross or is it more likely that they will feather in darker?
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That's the basic expectation from the cross..

 

Buff laces are gold laces, with dominant white added which changed the black lacing to white.  DW has no/little effect on gold/red pigments that is how they get to be "buff laced".

 

This is essentially a cross with a black chicken...  basically black is dominant, now with DW changing black to white= mostly whitish chickens. 

 

now with blue being in the mix, that is a little unusual cross, however blue is sometimes added to a line of solid white chickens to make for a cleaner, crispier white- blue dilutes black also, so..

 

however both DW and blue won't have much effect on any buff color that shows up.. making some birds look off white or extremely pale buff.  Flecks/little spots may show up.

 

None of them will grow up 'darker'.

 

if you breed the crosses together, you will see a very wide range of colors patterns. gold lace, buff lace, blue laced gold, "blue buff lace"(lacing probably will be variable though), some solid whites, many off-white/light buff, blue,  blue-buff, etc.


Edited by Kev - 5/20/16 at 10:17am
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Thank you so much for clearing that up for me! I read about a variety of similar crosses and thought that the blue might behave similar to black. Thank you for explaining it so clearly!
They're just pet chickens for us, so color doesn't really matter. But it is fascinating to see what comes from all these mixes.
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