Basics of blues...

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Rlmp817, Jun 20, 2019.

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    So I am thinking about begining breeding chickens and selling the extras. I got 5 blue laced red Wyandottes, and one is looking particularly rooish at 3 weeks. (wide comb, huge feet etc) if that is the case, what will breeding a blue laced red over a blue laced red give? I know next to nothing about chicken genetics, but I have read that blues don't breed true.
     
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    IMG_20190616_103329.jpg here are 2 of the older ladies (12 weeks here) I will take photos of the other 3 later today.
     
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    Those are both Splash-laced which means they carry two copies of the blue gene. It's possible the one on the left is a light Blue-laced Red which means it has one copy of the blue and one copy of the black gene.
     
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    OK, so say I have a ble laced red rooster over a splash laced hen, what would the offspring be in that instance? (any beginner resources would be appreciated, lol.)
     
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    That pairing would give you 50% Blue-laced and 50% Splash-laced Red, in theory of course. Statistics and the real world don't always agree. and if you click the link I provided and scroll down just a bit you can see a chart that shows the outcomes of certain crosses. The whole page explains the blue gene.
     
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    I just read it briefly, very very interesting! I will Re-read it later kwhe. The kids are napping:lol:)
     
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    Suspected cockerel
    IMG_20190620_105119.jpg IMG_20190620_105113.jpg pullet #1 IMG_20190620_105056.jpg IMG_20190620_105047.jpg
    Pullet #2 IMG_20190620_105016.jpg
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    Looks like three Blue-laced Reds (trio - one cockerel and two pullets) and then two Splash that are also pullets. They look really gold/light versus red/mahogany. So you might try to find another source where the birds are truly red. When they first came out a lot of people bred them to Gold-laced Wyandottes to the detriment of the mahogany gene's expression IMO.
     
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    Thanks for helping identify! I am limited to my options of obtaining chicks right now. I am not in the quarantine area, but no one is allowed to ship hatching eggs or chicks in or out. So this season I may experiment with what I have and get better stock moving forward.
     
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