The gene that creates blues and splash is a dilution gene - it "thins down" the color black so you get gray. It is actually a dominant gene - so if even one copy is present, then the black gets diluted to gray - or blue, in chicken terms. If two copies are present, then it is a double dose of dilution and you get the spotty effect we call splash.
Think of a can of black can of paint - add one cup of water and you get gray. Add more water and the colors keeps getting lighter - however, with chickens, instead of just getting all over lighter, there seems to be black, or blue, splotches that just don't want to give in.
Susan! I will never learn all of this in this lifetime but hopefully some of it will sink in!😊
Ok! Don't tell anyone! I have to say the skinny beautiful! Big Ameraucana people make me a little nervous! It's like you know you are going to look like a idiot! Just like when I talked on the phone with Paul! I was so nervous! He was so nice though! I thought we could be friends. If you lived next door I would drive you crazy with all my questions! And he would be like