Genetics Blue X Buff

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jab91864, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I've got a Blue Orpington roo with Buff O hens. Anybody know for sure what color I will end up with??

    Anybody done this already and have, I don't want much do I ?

    I had looked on another website and the answer (someone else had asked the question) was blacks and blues, but that sounds wrong to me.

    I am genetically challenged as you can tell by the question, so I appreciate the input.

    Julie [​IMG]
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I just hatched out Blue orpington / Buff Brahma chicks and they are all blue.

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2007
  3. crysmom

    crysmom Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    those sure are some cute chicks [​IMG]
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Buff and Blue are complicated colors, genetically speaking, they say. You could end up with chicks like Adam's that came from my Blue Orp cockerel and Buff Brahma pullet or possibly black-tailed buffs or several other combinations. It will be interesting to see how Adam's chicks change over time, too. I was told that they would be blue with possibly gold/straw color leaking into the hackle area.
  5. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    See when I saw the pic on the other post I guess my mind stopped at Brahma and didn't take the "buff" part into acct., sorry about that. They are gorgeous chicks.

    As I stated earlier on another forum the answer to that question was blacks and blues and I thought surely you would have some buff showing thru atleast as

    I figure with Buff orps being so common somebody surely would have started there and it would be fairly easy to see pics of others results.

    I have a BLRW roo and the Blue Orp roo that will be "experimenting" with the ladies come spring.

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Fun to see what pops out, though. I saw some chicks once that were a combination of the Blue and Buff Orps, but never saw them as adults, and they were lovely, gold, cream and blue all together.
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Some did post a pic of a roo of that cross...I think it may have been Kritter or was one goreous roo and would like to see what the girls look like.
  8. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    What kind of complicates this is that the blue gene is only a modifier of the black gene (makes it lighter), so any other color genes a set of birds may possess won't be affected by the blue. You have to take into account how the combinations of the other genes work with each other to know what to expect from your hatches, and even though you may have a solid colored bird, it may have the genes for other color combinations and patterns that are being masked. Unless you are 100% certain of the genotype of your birds, you won't necessarily have a predictable set to colors to expect.
  9. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    If you turned it around would you get similar chicks? Blue Brahma with a Buff Orp?

  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I have not yet seen a Blue Brahma.....would be interesting color on Brahmas.

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