I thought that blue was a modied "black" gene. Homozygous dominant resulting in black, heterozygous blue and homozygous recessive being splash. So I didn't think that you could have black and blue on the same bird, right? I recently purchased an EE rooster. He was being sold as an "ameraucana" but definitely does not stick to standard, so we'll call him an EE. He has a rather unique pattern to him. He is red with a black tail, a blue beard, and blue lacing on his breast and some blue feathers on his wings. I am pretty sure that his tail is black and not dark blue, but will double check tomorrow in the light. I'm interested to hear what others more experienced than myself care to input about blue and black being on the same bird. Is there a BLR pattern that exhibits a black tail? I honestly thought that it was genetically improbable that blue and black would be expressed on the same bird.