Blue Copper Marans Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Alishye, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. Alishye

    Alishye Out Of The Brooder

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    He's around 4months old. I think he's a Blue Copper Marans, but the whole genetics thing confuses me. His Dad is a Splash Marans and his Mama is a Black Copper Marans.
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    Thank you!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    If his dad is a splash and his mother is a black he has to be a blue :) He's very pretty.
     
  3. Alishye

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    Thank you! I love his coloring. I can't wait to see what he looks like full grown.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Blue mated to blue results in all three colors possible in chicks- 50% blue, 25% splash and 25% of the chicks will be black
    Blue to Black results in 50% of chicks being blue and 50% black
    Black to splash results in 100% blue chicks
    Splash and blue result in 50 blue and 50 splash
    Splash and splash results in 100% of chicks being splash

    That's Andalusion Blue variety color genetics in a nut shell. What to look for is lacing in the blue and not to lose it in matings. All blue birds should be laced, it takes two lacing genes for full lacing. If a bird has only one copy it's shows some lacing but a bird showing no lacing should not be used in future matings as you gain the chance to loose it in the line all together. The other note with this color variety is dark blue or black matings should be used often to keep the blue color from washing too light. A nice slate blue is considered the standard. Consecutive matings of blue to blue or blue to splash will wash out the blue in offspring making the birds look light grey. Which in reality is what they are (diluted black) but you get the idea.It's to keep the blue middle of the road, not letting the entire flock go too dark or too light and always maintain lacing.
     
  5. Alishye

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    Thank you!
     
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