Bunny color genetics question

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  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I bred my American spotted doe and my blue otter (unknown breed) buck again. The first time I bred them I got 5 spotted babies and 6 agouti. She lost 2 spotted and 2 agouti from that bunch. The 3 spotted ended up being 2 agouti spotted and 1 'grey' spotted like mama.

    I'm not exactly sure how many she has this time, I believe there are 7: 3 spotted and 4 that look black? I'm confused, I assumed that since dad is blue otter and the doe is not blue, that all babies would get brown (agouti) from him? I'm not complaining, black otters (most likely they will be) are very pretty, I'm just confused.

    Here are pics of the parents:
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    Dad
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    And their babies last time
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    The spotted baby on the 'top' of the last pic was the same color as mom.

    When I bred him to a black Havana doe, I got agoutis and black otters.
     
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  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Rabbits can carry their genes down through several generations. Our last litter threw a broken blue, and checking the pedigree, the blue came from a great grandparent. ONE blue in the entire pedigree. He is a stunning rabbit too, the one we chose to keep. Doe is a REW and buck is a broken chestnut. Go figure.
     
  3. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    American Spotted. Never heard of them before? Must not be a recognized breed.

    The doe looks to be a mixed breed broken chin
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The breed is American, the color is spotted (broken).

    I was looking at the babies today, they are now 1 week. I think one of them is going to be gray (blue) like daddy, but it could just be wishful thinking [​IMG]
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I don't know about you Shelley, but I find the colors that are accepted silly. Broken instead of spotted, blue instead of dark gray, and WHAT is agouti anyways. [​IMG]
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Well, I know she is 'technically' broken, but since she is mostly white (as a lot of broken-colored pets are) around here they call them spotted. Agouti is just a fancy way of saying brown...must be Latin or something [​IMG]
     
  7. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt know americans came in broken, i thought they came in blue black and white. I totally want them now lol

    ETA: Your baby daddy looks to be a opal
     
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  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Well, I know she is 'technically' broken, but since she is mostly white (as a lot of broken-colored pets are) around here they call them spotted. Agouti is just a fancy way of saying brown...must be Latin or something [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I say agouti to a non-rabbit person and they look at me like I grew a third eye.
     

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