Can you get a Blue Orpington from a Buff?

crystallane

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Last summer one of my pullets went broody. I put a couple of eggs under her thinking they were from my BA and BR. Well one of the chicks was a grayish color. I was never very sure how she came out that color. I just saw a picture of a Blue Orpington pullet and she looked a lot like mine, so I was just wondering.

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This is the Dad. I don't have any idea what he is.

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ChickenWisperer

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Jun 30, 2008
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No......


I don't know how, unless she isn't a pure buff.


As far as I'm aware, there is only one way to get blue - from b/b/s.
 

ChickenWisperer

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That roo isn't a splash. Splashes are white or lavendar-ish with blue feathers mixed in. I could believe red bleedthrough, but I think he's too red for that, too.

Do you have any other roos on the property?

He does look like an orpington cross though.
 

SteveH

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Nov 10, 2009
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That roo isn't a splash. Splashes are white or lavendar-ish with blue feathers mixed in. I could believe red bleedthrough, but I think he's too red for that, too.

Do you have any other roos on the property?

He does look like an orpington cross though.

In splash versions of a color where there is limited amount of black pattern , over say red , that's been diluted to blue ; the two blue patterned birds produce a splash where the major base color remains vibrant and the black patterning is reduced to white and blue .
ETA : I think it more likely that hen is an offspring of that roo over a Black Australorpe , and not experienced enough to state with certainty that the buff hen might be the mother . Could even be a sexlinked offspring of a barred rock and that roo . The males would have been barred with blue .
 
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ChickenWisperer

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Jun 30, 2008
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Quote:
That roo isn't a splash. Splashes are white or lavendar-ish with blue feathers mixed in. I could believe red bleedthrough, but I think he's too red for that, too.

Do you have any other roos on the property?

He does look like an orpington cross though.

In splash versions of a color where there is limited amount of black pattern , over say red , that's been diluted to blue ; the two blue patterned birds produce a splash where the major base color remains vibrant and the black patterning is reduced to white and blue .
ETA : I think it more likely that hen is an offspring of that roo over a Black Australorpe , and not experienced enough to state with certainty that the buff hen might be the mother . Could even be a sexlinked offspring of a barred rock and that roo . The males would have been barred with blue .

Oh! Thanks. Gee, genetics are confusing!
 

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