Breeding Blue

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hillschicks, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Songster

    Jul 17, 2012
    As i understand it, when breeding blue chickens there is a high probability that the chicks will hatch and be black.. If you breed with the resulting black chicken, can she still produce blue chickens or would all her chicks just be black as well?

  2. maxpedley

    maxpedley Chirping

    Dec 31, 2013
    Yes you are right. Hope fully this equation will help you out: BL =blue BLA = black SP= splash

    BL X BL = 75%BL+ 25%BLA
    BL X SP = 50%BL+ 50%SP
    BL X BLA =50%BL+50%BLA
    SP X BLA = 100% BL

    Hope this helps
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing 9 Years

    Jul 28, 2008
    Blue X Blue = 25% black, 50% blue, 25% splash. The other percentages above are correct.
  4. maxpedley

    maxpedley Chirping

    Dec 31, 2013
    Sorry yes. I mistyped the first one. Thanks Keesmom for correcting me

  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    You can go into your post and edit it to correct the information - click on the little pencil in the lower left corner.

    A black bird is homozygous bl+/bl+ and does not carry the blue gene (Bl).
    If bred to a blue (heterozygous for blue, Bl/bl+) bird, you would get 50% black, and 50% blue birds.
    If bred to a black bird, all chicks would be black (bl+/bl+)
    If bred to a splash bird (homozygous for blue, Bl/Bl), all chicks would be blue
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  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    The gene that typically makes a chicken blue is partially dominant and suppresses black pigment. That means that if a bird has 1 copy of the gene, then it has the black only partially suppressed, making it look blue. If the bird has 2 copies of that gene, then the black is nearly completely suppressed, making it white with only a few black feathers, that is called splash. No copies of the gene produce a black bird. So, black and splash both breed true (both are homozygous).

    There is another way to get a blue chicken, and that involves a gene that is recessive to black. This gene never creates splash, only black or blue, and if 2 of these blue birds are used as parents, all of their progeny are blue. This is called self-blue or lavender.

    If you see a chicken referred to as "BBS", that means Blue/Black/Splash, the first (and more common) variety. The cool thing about partially dominant traits like BBS, is that you can reliably know the exact genetic make up (genotype) from the appearance (phenotype). That is not true with recessives (like the self-blue), pure black birds can carry the self-blue and pass it along for generations with no indications at all, then a particular pairing can suddenly throw 25% blues.
  7. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Songster

    Jul 17, 2012
    Awesome.. Thanks you guys, answered my question

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