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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sjcshawna, Jan 26, 2012.
If I mix a whit and blue cochin will I get a splash?
If genetics are the same in all breeds of chickens, you will have to mix two blues to get a splash, and even then you will only get 25% splash. If you mix a splash with a blue, you will get 50% blues and 50% splash.
It depends on your white. Recessive white in bantam cochins covers up any color genetics the bird otherwise has, like a coat of paint. When you breed that bird to another color, the chicks only get one recessive white gene from the white, not enough for a coat of paint. Whatever else the bird was hiding gets passed on as well, and it combines with the blue's genes to create the offspring's color. If your white has blue genes, you may get splash chicks. My guess is that you will get blue and black with silver or gold leakage.
Find threads about crossing white birds to other colors; there's plenty of them, and I'm sure you'll find it explained much better than I just did.