Maran Color question and Egg Color Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kiltednerd, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. kiltednerd

    kiltednerd Chirping

    Mar 1, 2009
    Knoxville TN
    Hey Guys new to the board and hoping someone can shed some light for me.

    I come from the background of breeding Old English bantams so I am used to breeding for color.

    I am trying to find the French Blue Wheaten Marans but the only ones I See are in the UK.

    Can I assume if I breed Blues to Wheatens I will get a % of Blue Wheatens along with the originals?

    Thanks for any information you can throw my way...
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2009

  2. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    I am sorry, but I dont think its that simple, but cant explain why, I seem to remember reading about this and it just wasnt that simple, when I get a chance I will try and do some research on this for you.
  3. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
    As long as you understand you have to keep your color Varieties separate except for the compatible Black and Blue Varieties, otherwise you have a mixed flock and therefore mutts.
    Wheatens are Black based, Blue Wheatens are Blue based and can be penned together.
    You couldnt cross a solid Blue with a Wheaten and get a Blue Wheaten, though, just for anybody wondering how that works.

    Wheaten and Blue Wheaten genetics:

    Wheaten x Wheaten = All Wheaten

    Wheaten x Blue Wheaten = 1/2 Wheaten and 1/2 Blue Wheaten

    Blue Wheaten x Blue Wheaten = 1/2 Blue Wheaten, 1/4 Wheaten and 1/4 Splash

    Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = All Blue Wheaten

    Blue Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = 1/2 Splash Wheaten and 1/2 Blue Wheaten

    Splash Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = All Splash Wheaten
  4. blackdotte

    blackdotte Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    I you mate a solid Blue to a Wheaten you will get 50% solid Blue & 50% Black chicks,
    one of these Blues mated to a Wheaten will give about 1:64 Blue Wheaten pullets ( no cockerels will be Blue Wheaten)
    these Blue Wheaten pullets mated to a Wheaten will give 50% each Blue Wheaten & Wheaten,

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