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How to get the "Best Blue" (in your opinion)

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Hi there! I have been breeding Blue English Orpingtons for 4 years now and I know the genetics of the BBS. I would like to see pictures of your best blue birds and what color their parents were. I know with blues there are lots of different shades of blue and many different degrees of lacing. I personally prefer a nice silvery blue with dark thick lacing. This year has been the best year for my blues so far and I am really starting to see the results of my trying to get the "perfect  blue" but I am still working on improving their color! 

I would love to see your beautiful blues! 

Ayslen Redmon 
Lots 'A' Cluckin' Farm 


Here are a few of my favorite blues from my spring of 2014 hatches 


 

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Joe Emenheiser is working hard on Blue Rocks and is a wealth of information.   emenheiser

 

 

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Joe Emenheiser is working hard on Blue Rocks and is a wealth of information.   emenheiser

Thank you! Yes I would love to hear from him! 

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Every breeder of blue poultry that I have spoken with says to breed blue to blue and cull/sell off all the splash and blacks so you raise more blues.   Also, many feel the they should be silver based birds rather than gold.

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Every breeder of blue poultry that I have spoken with says to breed blue to blue and cull/sell off all the splash and blacks so you raise more blues.   Also, many feel the they should be silver based birds rather than gold.

Oh yes! If you had gold based blues they would have tons of red/gold leakage on their feathers...when breeding blues they HAVE to be silver based. 

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Th blue cooper maran is a good example of a what gold based blues look like 

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Oh yes! If you had gold based blues they would have tons of red/gold leakage on their feathers...when breeding blues they HAVE to be silver based. 

 

 

Is that true?  Even if they have all the modifier genes to turn them solid black?    I know a solid black chicken can either be gold or silver.

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Oh yes! If you had gold based blues they would have tons of red/gold leakage on their feathers...when breeding blues they HAVE to be silver based. 

 

 

Is that true?  Even if they have all the modifier genes to turn them solid black?    I know a solid black chicken can either be gold or silver.

No...Now if they have enough melanizers to cover up the gold gene then they wont have leakage. But most blues do not have enough melanizers because they are a dilution of black.  

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I know this is an older thread. However, I am just looking to get started with breeding blue orpingtons and wanted to say thank you for the beautiful examples. I'm trying to develop some sense of what a quality bird should look like.

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