Ameraucana Cross

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by troy007ramz, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. troy007ramz

    troy007ramz Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2014
    I have brown red Ameraucana hens and recently purchased a Lavender roo. Will potential chicks be a mix of the 2 colors or will I have some lavender and some brown red? I don't know enough about their genetics to predict and haven't done this before. Anyone know?
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Lavender is a recessive gene which dilutes black; think of Lavender birds as black with a coat of paint over the top. Because it's recessive, it won't show if a Lav bird is bred with a non-Lav bird, but the black will, since black is dominant to nearly everything. Red tends to bleed through a bit, so I'd say you'll get offspring that are mostly black, potentially with red bleed through in the saddles, wing bows, and hackles of males. However, the offspring should all carry a recessive Lav gene; if these birds are bred back to a Lavender, some of the offspring (I believe around 75%, someone correct me if I'm wrong) should be Lavender, probably with some straw color in the saddle and hackle since any remaining red bleed through will be diluted to a straw color.

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