Buff coloring

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by OSUman, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    I was looking on theChicken Calculator today and I was wondering if all buff birds have a dun factor in them? There isnt a regular buff coloration in the options. If not is it possible that a buff bird could be showing only buff and covering up the dun factors?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Don't expect to find dun in buffs. You MIGHT, but do not expect it. Be sure to click the "About Buff" link on hte calculator.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I've got a buff bird with khaki instead of dun. . . . [​IMG]

    But, theoretically, dun is what covers up the black. If you look at a buff male, you'll notice his tail and hackles and a couple other feather shafts have the dun, sort of chocolatey coloring. (Although you're eyeing for the most uniform buff bird, this will often be what a normal buff looks like) Also, I've seen before that Buff Orpingtons pass on the 50% chance of the outcrossed offspring to have dun/chocolate patterned plumage, so yes, I'm pretty sure most buff birds have it.

    I believe my Buff Ameraucanas do, and I'm about to find out for sure this spring.

    If there are any uncertainties with buffs, it is the blacktail/ginger gene, in my opinion. I really don't know on that one.
     
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  4. Sonoran Silkies

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    Quote:khaki is dun; two copies of it [​IMG]
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I know. Hence the [​IMG] smiley. Visually it does not look like dun, like splash versus blue, but it is still the same thing. . .
     
  6. OSUman

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    Ok cool thanks i handnt seen the about buff link. I guess i wont be able to figure out what im trying to do without trying some breedings with real birds.

    Thanks for your help
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

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    Quote:Actually, they can be pretty similar, depending on other genes present.
     

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