Black and White Chicks, how?

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by athalia17, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. athalia17

    athalia17 Chirping

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    I'm wondering how it's possible to get one black chick and one white chick from the same parents.

    Mom: super blue egg layer from my pet chicken (mine looks like a larger traditional white leghorn with some crest on her head, all white- single large comb)

    Dad: Blue orpington (almost a split blue with darker on top and lighter blue lacing on bottom).

    If we got a white chick from them, wouldn't white be dominant? If so, how can there be a black chick then too? So confusing! Definitely not a light lavender... It's a creamy white, and the other is a very dark gray/black.
     
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  2. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    The hen has one dominate white gene but not the second so about half her offspring will get the dominate white gene and about half won't.
    The half that get it will be your whites the half that didn't get it will not be white.
     
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  3. athalia17

    athalia17 Chirping

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    Interesting! Thanks for that! Makes sense. I was just thinking dominant was dominant no matter what. So much to learn! :/
     
  4. puffypoo

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    ^^ x2. I agree with @The Moonshiner
    They are super cute, congrats on the hatch!! :jumpy:jumpy
     
  5. athalia17

    athalia17 Chirping

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    Wait, so then will that white chick be half dominant too? Like, it could throw white chicks if bred to a dark bird?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Correct. Dominant white only needs one copy to express. In the same way, Blue only needs one copy to express. Both genes happen to be modifiers for black pigment only. The underlying pattern genetics of the parents are very nearly the same, even though they look very different.
     
  7. They may be white, or black/blue,but cute for sure!
     
  8. ashlandco

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    Agreed! Super cute:D
     

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