I've only read some of your duck thread on genetics, and not much of it has sunk in yet (especially what the specific terms mean), so most of what you just typed is still over my head and looks like Greek or Chinese to me lol. You're going to have to dumb things wayyyy down to more simple terms for a while until I have a better understanding of it all, lol sorry.
Edited by PeepsCA - 10/6/11 at 11:04am
There are several color charts on the net with horrible pics but decent descriptions of the Opaline and Porcelain colors (and several other colors that carry both the tan/buff and blue genes) explaining to what degree they display the dilution of the blue color... but just to confirm, over here they do display a diluted blue color to one degree or another. Exactly how/why they all carry both gene colors in their genetic makeup, I do not know/understand yet. I've been told these colors are good to have in your flock because they have the best probability of hatching a variety of both the blue and tan/buff colors, (depending on what hidden/recessive genes their mate is carrying of course). This past year I had several Lite Lavenders in my main breeding flock, and I'm going to guess they were responsible for most of the Porcelain and Opaline keets that I hatched... I of course can't prove it tho, since it's a mixed flock
Even tho it's kind of incomplete, this link that you referred to not that long ago has a table at the bottom of the page showing some/most of the colors that carry both the tan/buff and blue genes (if "carry" is even the correct term to use in this case), note that the author states the table "is only an educated guess as to what is going on" tho.
Unfortunately the breeding pair of my friend's that I incubated eggs from and hatched out the Brown and Chocolate Hens from is no longer alive. The male got hit by a car in the road towards the end of last year's breeding season(whihc if course made the Hen stop laying shortly after that), and then the Hen got taken by a predator before she started laying this year. I provided a new male for her (and they bonded), but the Hen got taken before the new breeding/laying season. I still have 11 offspring from the pair tho, 6 of the Brown Hens, the 3 Chocolate Hens, 1 Royal Purple Hen and 1 Royal Purple male. I had them all in a 10'x20' breeding pen this past breeding season with 2 other Royal Purple males and a Lavender male (from my other 2 unrelated flocks), but the penned flock did not produce too well for me. Even tho they were all raised together from keets on, it wasn't a happy environment for them being penned full time (I penned them to prevent the 10 Hens from being bred by my Pearl Grey and Royal Purple flock). The Lavender (Alpha) male picked on everybody and there was a lot of tension from his aggression in the pen all season long. All 10 Hens laid eggs regularly all season for me, but only 4-5 Hens laid fertile eggs off and on. So for next year's season Mr Lavender is gettin' the boot and replaced with a Coral Blue... . (I'll probably take out the Royal Purple males too and maybe add one of my Buff males, and see how just the 2 new males works out). I had the Lavender in there for a reason tho, I specifically wanted some Coral Blue keets from that flock (so I'd have Coral Blues from 2 unrelated flocks for next year). And he did produce several of them for me, but I no longer need his services, lol.