I have a big mix of different variety of chickens...I guess you could say I couldn't make up my mind on a specific breed. I have found that my Cochins have become my favorites since they are such big sweet hearts, I have buff & 2 blue. My favorites are the Blue girls. I decided I wanted more Blues so ordered eggs on ebay this Spring/Summer. My hatch rates were not so great and then someone told me to buy a digital thermometer/Hygrometer which I did. Since then my hatch rates have improved and I now have 6 more chicks and more in the Bator. I have hatched out mostly splashes & blues. I was just wondering how you get the blue/splash/ lavender colors because I would like to eventually hatch my own eggs. I briefly remember seeing something about needing a black rooster. Anyhow, any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!