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What is a "splash" chicken?

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I keep reading about "splash" chickens.


What, exactly, is a "splash" chick?


I have 24 three week old baby ameraucana chicks from John Blehm -- how would I know if they were "splash" or not?

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It is a color/pattern, basically a white chicken with some black feathers randomly scattered.

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post #3 of 25

Splash coloration usually means a white bird with "splashes" (spots) of black and/or grey. The feathersite marans page has some splash marans: http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Marans/BRKMarans.html      -       they're about halfway down the page smile Hope this helps!

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or like this.....
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/21675_22411_birds_075.jpg

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post #5 of 25

Or this one: Knephla, my mystery hen smile

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post #6 of 25

Splash means the bird has two copies of the blue gene, it's not just a "look".

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post #7 of 25

Splash is a double duition of black. It is called sport in some breeds like Games. Black is BB, Blue is Bb, and Splash is bb. Breeding blacks/blues/splashes will give different amounts of black/blue/splash. Using a t-square(I think that's what they're called) can help. But previous breeding and the individual bird will affect the percentages some.

Black to Blue = 50% blue. 50% black
Blue to Blue = 50% blue, 25% black, 25% splash
Splash to Splash = 100% splash

Example:
         Black
Blue     BB        BB
            Bb        Bb

Lemon Splash Mixed Silked Rooster (old picture, no longer has leg mites)
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post #8 of 25

Is blue with splashes of black considered splash or something else?

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/75174_may_2011_144.jpg
My Splash Silkie

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post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by briesberrypatch 

Is blue with splashes of black considered splash or something else?


If it's blue, then it's blue, not splash. A splash bird looks white, not blue. It has two copies of the blue gene, yes, but it will not appear blue.

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