1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos

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    "Genetically, two Blue Hens will produce 50% blue, 25% white, and 25% black offspring".

    Is that statement true?

    Blue colored pure breeds are the following I think:
    1. cochin
    2. andalusian
    3. australorp
    4. jersey giant
    5. delaware
    6. silkie
    7. brahma
    8. leghorn
    9. english araucana (tailed)
    10. orpington
     
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  2. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    I think it's based on a rather grand scale so your results may vary. That's the rule of thumb though.
     
  3. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Two blue hens won't produce anything.
    One blue hen and one blue rooster will produce
    25% black
    50% blue
    25% splash

    There are tons of blue chicken breeds.
     
  4. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Crowing

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    This sounds like a knowledgeable thread to ask this question. In B/B/S chicken breeding, do you all find that your Blue's have more health or mortality issues than Splash or Black? I've noticed a lot of Breda owners have switched from raising B/B/S Breda to raising Mottled or Cuckoo Breda more successfully instead.

    I've had 4 Blue Breda -- the 3 Blue females died early (longest lived to 1-and-a-half years) and the Blue male is 2-yrs-old and re-homed to a farm since we aren't zoned for roos.

    I know Breda have a small gene pool but somehow I can't believe that's the only problem since some owners have Blue Breda as old as 7 yrs -- or if I've just been unlucky to get weak ones? I've ordered Blue Breda pullets from 3 different breeders from 3 different states and none survive today except for the one re-homed Blue male.
     
  5. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Sounds like its something in the Breda breed or at least the BBS lines of Breda.
    I've always liked breeding BBS because you can have three colors in one breeding pen.
    I've raised probably a dozen different breeds in BBS and have not seen any issues.
    I have never owned any Breda though so can't comment about how they do.
     
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  6. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Crowing

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    What chicken breeds have you bred in BBS?

    It was pointed out to me that Blue in dog breeding also produces some health issues.

    I know the Breda have a limited rare gene pool and that's probably contributing to their low resistance in mortality but I'm thinking there's something wrong with the BBS Breda in the USA since the Mottled and the Cuckoo Breda seem like hardier breeding stock for some reason.
     
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    You are correct! I raise the Australorps in the Black/Blue/Splash colors.
     
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    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    I know nothing about the Breda breed, as I have the Australorps. I have had no problems with my Blues being any weaker or non-healthier than my Black or Splashes.
     
  9. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Crowing

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    Thank you all for your input re BBS breeding and especially about the Blue's. Very much appreciated! Looks like Blue Breda and all Breda in general need some genetic work to build resistant stock.
    Does anyone know a Blue Langshan breeder?
     
  10. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Blue in dog breeding is a whole different thing. That relates to skin issues.

    BBS Orpington
    BBS OEG bantams
    BBS Modern game bantams
    BBS LF Cochin
    BBS Bantam Cochin
    BBS copper marans
    BBS marans
    BBS Silkie
    BBS White crested polish
    BBS mille fleur D'uccle
    BBS laced red wyandotte
    BBS Japanese
    I'm sure there's a couple more but that's off the top of my head.
     
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