Blue and Dun question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Blisschick, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I got to thinking today (NO, I didn't hurt myself [​IMG]) and wondered what would I get if I cross a chicken with blue with a chicken that had dun. Both affect the black gene, but I don't know which would be the more dominant. I also wonder what would happen if the genes were together in various combinations, and what I could expect to get if I crossed any offspring with a normal colored mate. I'm sure there would be blues as well as duns and normal colored offspring. Just food for thought...
     
  2. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Ideal uses blues in their Dun OEGB pens because when I ordered some Dun chicks I was expecting to see blacks, duns and splashes, but instead I got dun, black with brown heads(which feathered out black) and blues with brown heads(which feathered out pure blue) and a couple light silver ones with brown heads(dun splashes?).

    The blue kinda got me though, and they all had brown on them as chicks but now all grown up they look like the perfect little blues. Next year I will have several breeding pens going for the OEGBs, just to see how the genetics works with the blue and Dun, I will have a BlackXDun, a DunXBlue, a Dun SplashXBlue, a DunXDun, a BlueXBlue and a BlueXBlack pen.

    I am interested to see if DunXdun and blackXdun will throw any blue or BlueXblue and blueXblack will throw any duns. Gonna be interesting to see.

    I know I got several shades of Dun right now, dunno if such great variation is normal in Dun or if the blue gene has anything to do with it.
     
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    You must have read my mind. I was thinking of my OEGB when I wrote this. I myself like both colors and plan on breeding more dun/splash dun to see how the color works, but was curious what would happen if blue got thrown into the equation.

    I have two dun pullets that were from a sport (splash dun) and a BBR. I've really wanted blue for sometime, and I have an opportunity in October to possibly purchase one or two. I was thinking about just playing around with the colors to see what I would get. I have 3 BBR cockerels, so if I were to get a couple of blue pullets and hatch babies from them, that would give me something to work with.
     
  4. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I just bought a roo today that they guy said is a blue-red sport. He's got red on him and you can see stripes of blue, but he's also whitish like a sport. They guy told me that I would get blue-red, fawn, and bbr if bred with bbr females. Kind of solves my problems with getting a separate roo for each! [​IMG]
     

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