Quote:Thanks. I am so happy that they are splash! It looks like I have to put the splash cockerel over the blue hens anyway, so that should help the markings. I think I remember reading that you get more splash offspring from the blue x splash combo. If I put the splash hen with the black cockerel, would that still work, or should she go with the splash? Thanks again. I would go with your plan- you should get about 50/50 blues and splashes with your roo over the blue girls. The splash hen will give you all blues if she's in the black pen, but I'd be interested to see what shades and degree of lacing you can get from her. I am on my second orp roo of that color and I am hoping he doesn't get eaten like his predecesor so I can hatch some blues. Eaten...oh no . Thanks for the answer and advice. I am going to do very limited breeding until I finish my other two coops and bring in a couple more blood lines. I know which three flocks the breeder got his birds from originally: He was only a couple generations into his program. The hens with defects are going under a Black Copper Maran rooster to breed olive egg layers or into the general laying flock for egg sales. Once they are a bit bigger and more filled out, I will get some pictures of them for advice from everyone here.