How to get the "Best Blue" (in your opinion)

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Lots A Cluckin, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there! I have been breeding Blue English Orpingtons for 4 years now and I know the genetics of the BBS. I would like to see pictures of your best blue birds and what color their parents were. I know with blues there are lots of different shades of blue and many different degrees of lacing. I personally prefer a nice silvery blue with dark thick lacing. This year has been the best year for my blues so far and I am really starting to see the results of my trying to get the "perfect blue" but I am still working on improving their color!

    I would love to see your beautiful blues!

    Ayslen Redmon
    Lots 'A' Cluckin' Farm


    Here are a few of my favorite blues from my spring of 2014 hatches


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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Joe Emenheiser is working hard on Blue Rocks and is a wealth of information. emenheiser
     
  3. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Yes I would love to hear from him!
     
  4. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every breeder of blue poultry that I have spoken with says to breed blue to blue and cull/sell off all the splash and blacks so you raise more blues. Also, many feel the they should be silver based birds rather than gold.
     
  5. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes! If you had gold based blues they would have tons of red/gold leakage on their feathers...when breeding blues they HAVE to be silver based.
     
  6. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Th blue cooper maran is a good example of a what gold based blues look like
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Is that true? Even if they have all the modifier genes to turn them solid black? I know a solid black chicken can either be gold or silver.
     
  8. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. drsteik84

    drsteik84 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this is an older thread. However, I am just looking to get started with breeding blue orpingtons and wanted to say thank you for the beautiful examples. I'm trying to develop some sense of what a quality bird should look like.
     

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