Lavender crossed with Blue anybody know for sure what will happen?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Roosterfry, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a self blue (lavender) orpington rooster and I have a friend who took him off my hands to breed him to his 9 blue hens. Does anybody know what this will do or has anyone done something similare to this? Thanks
     
  2. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure about the orpingtons, I have silkies & showgirls.... but whatever I breed to my blue silkie roo, I get blue....even lav. They may hatch a very, very pale dove grey, but they feather out to blue.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Since the lavender is a recessive gene and it takes 2 copies to get lavender, you have to think of it as a black bird for the first generation cross to the blues. Blue X Black = 50/50 blue and black chicks. All of them will carry a single copy of the lav gene because the rooster is lavender and passes the gene on to each offspring.
     
  4. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So does this mean I should expect all blue offspring?
     
  5. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    You will get blues and black at a bout a 50% ratio....as stated above.
     
  6. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:But to think of the lavender as a black (as stated above) that would mean to me that you would either get all blue offspring or half blue have lavender.
     
  7. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    no. Blue is a combination of splash and black. Lavender attaches itself to the black..

    Ok so Splash is BL, BL
    Black is bl,bl
    Blue is BL,bl

    Lavender is bl,bl - essentially black BUT the lavender gene attaches to the black and if you have one - or a split it will carry it on, but if you have two, then the color shows lavender and will breed true with a lavender over lavender.

    So if you have a lavender "showing" it's more like this bl(x),bl(x)...black base(bl) but showing lavender(x) because the black is "covered" by a lavender (x) on both black (bl) genes.

    So if you take that lavender bl(x),bl(x) and breed it to a blue BL,bl You will get this mix:

    BL,bl(x) - show blue carries lavender
    bl,bl(x) - show black carries lavender

    in a 50 50 mix of blue and black.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011
  8. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ok, got it now. Thanks for the help guys!!! I'll let ya'll know how this goes
     

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