Color Question about breeding Orpingtons

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chicnsrthebest, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Chicnsrthebest

    Chicnsrthebest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a beautiful little splash Orpington hen chick from a batch of blue/black/splash eggs, and I'm wondering which one of my roos I should pair her up with..a lavender roo, or a big black, split lavender roo.

    I have no idea which way to go with this, as I know nothing about genetics, although I am leaning toward the black one. Am I correct?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Depends what color you want, but if you breed her to the black you'll get 100% blue chicks. Then if you breed the blues, you'll get a mix of black, blue, and splash.
     
  3. Chicnsrthebest

    Chicnsrthebest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I am so challenged when it comes to understanding genetics!

    I'm hoping to get some striking colors, I like the darker mixes.
     
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    Chicnsrthebest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have another question:
    My splash hen is starting to look more like a roo...I have a black hen and lavender hens..what will I get if I breed him to my lavender hens? My black hen?

    Does it work the same in reverse?
     
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  5. galanie

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    Splash to black is always going to be 100% blues. Splash to lavender I don't really know. But there are those that do breed lavender to blue/black/splash birds so maybe one of those will chime in.
     
  6. Chicnsrthebest

    Chicnsrthebest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I wasn't sure if it worked in reverse. I love the blues, but I only have one black hen. I have lots of lavender hens, though, so am curious to know what would come of a breeding to lavenders.
     
  7. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Splash to lavender produces blues. This is assuming the splash is not homozygous for lavender or a carrier of a lavender allele.

    Tim
     
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    Chicnsrthebest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as I know it's not. I guess I will find out though...[​IMG]
     
  9. galanie

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    What I'm wondering Tim, is the result of breeding the resulting blues. What are the chances you'll have a lavender pop up? Same as black?
     
  10. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lavender should not pop up.

    Tim
     

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