- Jun 20, 2016
That is a possibility.I think they might be an f1 & f2 generation mix Prairie Bluebell?
Last I checked, the sapphire gems still have single combs, lay a light tan egg. If the sapphires are still a cross between a barred rock and a blue rock, that blue rock could be andalusian x barred rock, so there would be andalusian there. Someone else is more current on the "trends" on sapphire gems though, it's been a while since I had any. As for the bird up high on the gate, that behavior and his/her looks are consistent with the andalusians I've had! If I recall, the prairie bluebell egger is auracana x white leghorn. I'd bet they're more bred for the blue eggs than for any other aspect of "type" though.I dont think sapphires have pea combs? but is Andalusian part of that cross??
From reading Hoover's description, I do not think "generation" matters.So, I had a bit of information jumbled in the beginning but I now believe these are Prairie Bluebell second generation...or maybe just random generations??
Yes, Prairie Bluebell seems likely.I can only see one with a bit of a muff and beard but they are looking a lot like leghorns...and muffs and some pea combs suggest prairie bluebell, which I am VERY happy with
Feather color has nothing to do with egg color.The feather color, and phenotype, suggests that i will have very blue eggs?? Multiple gene copies for blue??
That's what I meant. I think someone at the hatchery developed them, or someone else developed them and then sold breeding stock to the hatchery who now breeds them.
Not really, as regards the feather color.feather color is a phenotype and im basing what i said on phenotypes, not genotypes. Its not as accurate as genotypes but it certainly has something to do with Mendelian genetics and possibility.
Yes, I am assuming that too.Im also assuming that Hoovers is TRYING to produce blue eggers...and that they don't care about the rest of the traits?
There is a link between the pea comb gene and the blue egg gene. When you cross Ameraucana and Leghorn, you get chicks with one copy of pea comb/blue egg linkage (from the Ameraucana) and one copy of not-pea/not-blue-egg (from the Leghorn). If you breed those birds among themselves, you'll get some with pea combs and some with single combs. The ones with pea combs will reliably lay blue eggs, and the ones with single combs will reliably lay not-blue eggs. So of course they'd cull the single comb birds, and keep breeding the pea comb birds.random crossing would produce some that look like leghorns and since I don't see that.....I expect phenotype represents the cross design and favors the Easter egger and the blue egg.
I think you probably have more than one kind of chicken there.some have pea combs, some have single combs...