I just got silver laced chickens, but now I would like to get some BLRW as well. I don't have that much space so I'll probebly have to have those together, what color will they get if you cross BLRW with SLW? I've heard that it's a bad idea
Crossing Blue Laced Red Wyandotte with Silver Laced Wyandotte
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Silver laced male on blue laced females gives silver laced & blue laced silver pullets & messy blue & black laced silver males. The males will be 'split' for gold & there would be brassiness in the hackles.
Blue laced red male on silver laced pullets gives blue & black laced red pullets & messy blue & black laced silver males. The males will be 'split' for gold & there would be brassiness in the hackles. The blue & black laced red pullets would probably only be carrying one mahogany gene which could case problems in future generations if used for breeding.
Wouldn't the silver laced & blue laced silver pullets carry a mahogany gene as well? Was wondering if this could show through as a brassiness too?
It seems to me 2 difficult colors to keep in one coop if you want to keep pure colors, I'd either want 2 coops or choose one of the colors..
Edited by CelticMoon1 - 8/16/09 at 12:30pm
Initially I thought it would seem logical that the mahogany from the blue laced red (BLR) mothers would affect the silver laced (SL) pullet offspring. However I couldn't remember having seen it when I did the cross a good few years ago. Henk, who knows more about these things, said that the action of columbian bleaches out red pigment, so, presumably, this is why it doesn't seem to show on the SL male X BLR female.
The BLR male on the SL females will give BLR & black laced red pullets & they won't be noticeably different from any other BLR or black laced red pullets except they will only have one mahogany gene. In futur generations if two birds are bred that themselves only have one mahogany gene each then some of the offspring will have no mahogany so they would be gold rather than red.