Mixing Ameraucana colours - what would I get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Momo, May 19, 2009.

  1. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some nice purebred Ameraucanas from a good breeder and am wondering what sort of colours I would get by mixing and matching (I know this makes the progeny technically EEs but I'm not interested in showing and am not set up to keep the colours separated in breeding pens). I have some BBS pullets and a nice blue roo so I know I can produce BBS that way. But I also have a few "one ofs" and a white roo and would like to see what sort of babies would result from crossing them. Any ideas on what I might get from the following?

    Blue over white
    Blue over wheaten
    Blue over buff

    White over wheaten
    White over buff
    White over BBS
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Blue over wheaten will give you blue wheaten and regular wheaten, 50/50.
     
  4. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Blue over wheaten will give you blue wheaten and regular wheaten, 50/50

    In a first cross?​
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    actually, according to Henk69 genetic calculator a blue x wheaten cross will produce blue and black....
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The blue should simply dilute the black pigment in the wheaten, but the E-allele present in the blue bird would definitely make a difference. I am so used to silkies with e^b that I tend to forget/ignore that some birds have more dominant forms of E. My bad [​IMG]

    Henk's calculator assumes that blue and black birds are E, which of course would dominate wheaten. I guess the big question is what E-allele blue ameraucanas tend to have?
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Haha I know what you mean. I tend to assume the other way around- "black x color= blacks with color leaking on hackles/saddles like the black sex links".

    White Amers probably are recessive white due to dominant white also having a repressing effect on skin pigmentation.. causing light or spotty legs.

    Which leads me to a question of my own- what color legs are black Amers supposed to have? Can E & ER birds have blue legs? I suppose a good clue is if these cant and the black Amers have blue legs then they're probably eb..?
     
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  8. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha I know what you mean. I tend to assume the other way around- "black x color= blacks with color leaking on hackles/saddles like the black sex links".

    Yes I assume the same. [​IMG]


    I think blue shanks would indicate not E. Not sure about ER.
    To me blue legs would indicate not E but with id+ & W+​
     
  9. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I asked the same question not too long ago and someone told me that I would only get mixed colors. Not Blue Wheaten, because thats not how they were created. I was trying to decide if I should add my Wheaten to my Blue trio coop.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Worst case scenario you have blue-egglayer chicks to sell at for a dollar or three to someone who wants pretty eggs.
     

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