Blue-tailed buff color genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TheFeatheredTempest, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. TheFeatheredTempest

    TheFeatheredTempest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all
    I'm trying to figure out why some blue-tailed buff hens retain a bit of dark coloring in their hackles and others are completely buff except for their tails. What gene is responsible for that?

    Also, trying to understand the blue coloring in the tail feathers since it is often quite light blue, lighter than what you might see in an all blue hen. In my hens even the shafts of the blue tails feathers are light colored, yet they are not lavender because then the hen wouldn't be buff anymore, right? She'd be really washed out in color if I understand lavender correctly....

    And is all of this possibly related to why some buffs are different hues? There seems to be quite a range. I've heard buff is a complicated color and not well understood... Are the varying buffs due to genes like cream, champagne, dilute gold??? I've heard of those but I don't really understand what they would look like when added into the mix. [​IMG]

    I have a genetics background, but it's all academic and has nothing to do with chickens which are new to me. I might do some breeding next year, but I want to learn as much as I can before I try that. Here's a picture of Yoda, one of my blue-tailed buff d'uccle mix hens and as you can see she is a very light buff. Yoda is a d'uccle Easter egger mix (mutt) and is standing in front of a red star and a New Hampshire red. Thanks in advance for the help! [​IMG]

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  2. TheFeatheredTempest

    TheFeatheredTempest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, It's been a couple days.......... I'm going to try re-posting this in a different thread, maybe the d'uccle genetics thread............
     
  3. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dark hackles? You mean blue striping?
    This could be due to the e-locus allele in question.
    brown e^b, duckwing e+ and wheaten e^Wh that have the columbian gene (Co) all look about the same but typically have different amounts of hackle pattern and underfluff. e^b has the most hackle pattern and grey underfluff; wheaten has the least hackle pattern and white underfluff.
    But there are genes in play that may boost (or inhibit) hackle "black" expression.
    Boosters are so called melanizers like melanotic (Ml) or charcoal (cha). There are a few unknown ones.
    A possible inhibitor is Db ("Darkbrown", named after a chickdown effect), which is a columbian-like restrictor of black.
     
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  4. TheFeatheredTempest

    TheFeatheredTempest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Henk, I'm a big fan [​IMG] I remember reading you are a biologist. So am I.

    Anyhow, the hen in the picture has some dark partial striping on her hackles, more of a black than blue. It doesn't match the rest of her coloring and is annoying... If I remember correctly underfluff is white. I'll double check in the morning.

    So is Db how you get black-tailed buff in Japanese bantams?
     
  5. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue is often darker on hackle due to melanizers (think blue andalusians)

    Our dutch black-tailed buff japs are wheaten and columbian Co. There is selection against hackle striping though.
    Db would work too, in theory.
     

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