Genetic refresher course needed on blues.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ascott1978, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I order some Ameraucanas (sp?) and I'm suppose to be getting black and blues. Given this information, what will the offspring color variations be.
     
  2. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

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    If you are just breeding blues to blacks or blues to blues:
    blue to black = 50% blue and 50% black
    blue + blue = 50% blue, 50% splash

    Then if you breed any resulting splash birds:
    splash + blue = 50% splash, 50% blue
    splash + black = 100% blue
    splash + splash = 100% splash
     
  3. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks you very much.
     
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    oops there is a boo boo

    blue + blue = 25% black, 25% splash and 50% blue
     
  5. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
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    pips&peeps :

    oops there is a boo boo

    blue + blue = 25% black, 25% splash and 50% blue

    Whoops. Duh. That's what I get for spitting that out too fast!! [​IMG] Thanks Jean.​
     
  6. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Whoops. Duh. That's what I get for spitting that out too fast!! [​IMG] Thanks Jean.

    Well thank you both, you were both extremely helpful. [​IMG]
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Since you are getting birds, I assume you are wanting to know what they will be, not what their offspring will be? And for that you'll need to know the numbers and colours of their breeder birds.

    If they have a flock that is mostly splash with just one or two blues & blacks, the numbers of each colour produced will be very different than if they have a flock that is mostly black with one or two blues & splashes.
     
  8. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, I already know what I ordered. The eggs are from a Blue rooster to black hens and from a second breeding pen where she has a Black rooster with blue hens. Thus the chicks I will be getting will be only black and blues. All of which will carry the blue gene.
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Actually, the blacks will not be carrying the blue gene. The blues will be Blbl; the blacks will be blbl.

    So, if you look at the black to black, black to blue and blue to blue references above you'll have your predictions for each pairing.
     
  10. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So if my goal is to breed mostly blues I need to retain a blue rooster and as many blue hens as possible. Right?

    I want to eventually get a splash rooster.
     

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