Old English Game Bantam question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SundownWaterfowl, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Do old english game bantams breed true to color? I went to a show today and got a pair of Self Blue and a trio of Black Breasted Red.
  2. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    I don't know much about OEGB genetics, but I would guess yes, *if* they are all pure bred, and not crosses back a generation or two. A bird can look pure but still have traits that will pop up in their offspring. Hopefully someone else will have a definitive answer for you!
  3. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    If the color is standardized they will breed true. Since the breed is a true breed they will breed true.
  4. Now, if I crossed the two colors, would i get a blue breasted red?
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Quote:No. Self blue is not related to regular blue. If you had a blue (not a self blue, aka lavender) then you'd get 50% blue red, 50% black breasted red.

    But self blue is a recessive gene, so you'd have to breed back to it twice before the babies would start having some lavander. But it'd mess up your coloring pretty badly anyway, since it's a solid color being bred to a more patterned variety.
  6. Okay. So if I bred self blue to self blue, I should get 100% self blues, right?

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