Blue/black/splash genes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by doublebow, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. doublebow

    doublebow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How does it work to breed for the blue color? It seems like I read that you can't just breed blue to blue and end up with blue. What about black? And splash? And lavender? I know very little about color genetics, so be gentle...
     
  2. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:You can get blue with blue to blue mating.

    I think but I am not sure (be gentle with me also) that:

    Blue to Blue breeding=
    50% blue
    25% black
    25% splash

    Blue to black umm..
    I think
    50% blue
    50%black

    Blue to splash
    50% blue or splash ?
    25% splash or blue?
    25% black

    Hope thats right its something like that experts correct me if I wrong.
    Henry
     
  3. Splash Giants

    Splash Giants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue x Blue = 50% blue 25% Black 25% Splash
    Blue x Black = 50% Blue 50% Black
    Black x Splash= 100% Blue
    Splash x Splash= 100% Splash
    Black x Black = 100% Black

    The lavender gene which is the same as Self Blue gene breeds true. lavender x lavender = 100% lavender

    Donald
     
  4. Splash Giants

    Splash Giants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left out Blue x Splash = 50% Blue 50% Spalsh
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Good stuff! I didn't know that one and forgot black to splash and splash to splash thanks!
     
  6. Splash Giants

    Splash Giants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats one of the nice things about breeding blue is all the different colors you can get in your breeding. I seem to get the best looking laced blues from my Black Cock over a Splash hen. I also breed Self Blue Old English they breed 100% True. Thats what the forum is for everyone to learn from each other.

    Donald
     
  7. doublebow

    doublebow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, thank you! I am going to print this info.
     
  8. Splash Giants

    Splash Giants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Hcammack,
    I have a question for you after looking at your website. I bought some cuckoo marans from a hatchery about 4 months ago. I only kept a pair and sold the rest. They are the clean legged ones. My question is one of them has yellow legs and one white legs and I cant figure out if maybe the hatchery hosed me over.Tell me what colors yours have and maybe I can figure out whats wrong with mine.

    Thanks,
    Donald
     
  9. doublebow

    doublebow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I have another question already. It just hit me what Donald said about lavender. Self blue. I thought "self" meant "solid". Do you get lavender sometimes when breeding for blue?
     
  10. Splash Giants

    Splash Giants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lavender Gene and Blue Gene are totally different, Lavender(self blue) Gene breeds true
    The other blues do not. I have some pics of self blue old english on my website check it out. These are beautiful birds they always breed true. www.cockadoodlecoops.com

    Donald
     

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