Lemon Blue and Self Blue

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chikenlady, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. chikenlady

    chikenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched out some blue cochin eggs. I ended up with 4 "blue", one black, one partridge. and one wacky one...he looks to be a partridge cochin mixed with something else...his legs are not fully feathered and his head is a little different than the others.

    My real question is...what is the difference between Lemon Blue and Self Blue?? Any blue experts out their?? [​IMG]
     
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    From what I understand...if you bred self blue to self blue, you'll always get blue. If it's "regular blue" then you'll end up with a mix of black, splash & blue chicks.

    The lemon blues are a new color myself and some others are trying to perfect. You'll get a mix of colors used in making the lemon blue color if you breed two lemons together (like buff, blues, buff splashes, blue splashes, etc). So it does not breed true, either. In addition, it's not a recognized color for the cochins so they are not able to be shown, either.

    A blue or self blue would look like this:
    http://www.katherineplumer.com/images/SOP/KPlumerMBBlueCochin.jpg
    Splash, like this:
    http://www.cacklehatchery.com/splash_cochin_std_hen.jpg
    Black cochin:
    http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/chickens/cochin/BLKCOCH1.jpg

    Edited because I was confused!
     
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  3. chikenlady

    chikenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Equibling,

    Is the lemon blue a different color? Lighter, darker, more silvery??
     
  4. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, the lemons are completely different than a blue. Different genetics involved.

    The lemons would look like this (ideally):

    Although you may get washed out versions of the above, or splashes of the two different colors you're using to try & produce lemons.
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Self blue is not a dominant gene, it's recessive. Also, blue and self blue are not the same. They are completely different genes.

    Lemon blue is a brown red with a blue gene. Breeding lemon blue x lemon blue would result in brown red, lemon blue, and splash lemon blue.
     
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  6. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Isn't lemon blue just a blue partridge?
     
  7. chikenlady

    chikenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! The lemons are beautiful! The color is very striking...what are you mating to try and get this colr? Is it just trial and error?
     
  8. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m53/Equibling/POULTRY/e50c_1.jpg Like this....

    Thanks! The above aren't mine, but they are from another breeder who is trying for the lemons, as well. I just bought eggs from her to add to my flock. It is very much trial & error at this point....at least with me. I've got buffs, blues and reds...my first eggs are still cookin', so we'll see. The lady with the above chickens said she just used buffs and blues to get the above, so we'll see with those, too! She said she's been getting a few lemon blues, some splashes & some washed out looking ones...
     
  9. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I'm not sure about that....I WISH I could get a blue partridge brahma, though! They are BEAUTIMUS! [​IMG]
     
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I have a pretty blue/buff orp pullet I want to try lemon/ blue coloring with..she has pretty orange lacing around her neck and shoulders that you can't see in this pic....Have a cockeral growing out thats alittle older but I don't have a pic of him...
     
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