Show me your best BLRW's!

Tarzan31

In the Brooder
Jul 31, 2016
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I have decided that Wyandottes are the breed for me. I like their history, their looks, and the temperament of the ones I have had on my "urban hobby homestead"(If that is a real thing) is great. The roo's are protective and hold down the fort well, the hens are less eager to be fully domesticated unlike my Buff's or Columbian Rocks who sit on my lap and peck at my goatee.

I have an opportunity to add 3 BLRW's to my flock and would like to see what a "good quality" BLRW looks like. I think the ones I have found are gorgeous and have nice rounded lacing with little to no spotty imperfections compared to my other Wyandottes. I have a beautiful Golden and the last 1/2 inch of her feathers have many imperfections. However her chest and shoulder area is perfect in my eyes!

If anyone knows about breeding help correct me if I am wrong on my following statements.
Crossing Blue to Blue will yield 50% blue and 50% splash.
Crossing Blue to Splash will yield 50% blue 50% splash.
Crossing Blue to Black laced red will yield 100% blue.
Crossing Blue to Golden will yield 50% blue 25% golden 25% splash.

If it is correct that Blue and Black laced red's make 100% blue I will be on the hunt for a few of the black laced reds!
When does the sex of the chicken matter with crossing? I haven't found information on that yet.
Thanks for any info and any pictures!!!!


This picture is of 4 month old BLRW's I will be getting.
 

Tarzan31

In the Brooder
Jul 31, 2016
17
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Massachusetts


The new trio is here!
I am going to search out Black laced red's to try and get some deeper colors. Maybe a slightly larger angle in the saddle if possible to find.
 

FreedomFarm13

Songster
Mar 20, 2015
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Arkansas
Hi! Your new birds are very pretty, but these are SPLASH laced reds, not blues, just FYI. Also, I think you got your breeding formulas mixed up a little bit...

Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
Blue X Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Black X Splash = 100% Blue
Black X Black = 100% Black
Splash X Splash = 100% Splash


As for crossing blue laced red and gold laced birds, I looked it up and 50% would be blue laced red and 50% would be black laced red. The gold would not factor in because I believe the mahogany gene (Mh) is dominant and would affect the gold gene. Are your other birds actually blue laced red, or are they splash as well?
 

FreedomFarm13

Songster
Mar 20, 2015
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Arkansas
Oh, and your question about gender playing a part in breeding...I'm pretty sure that wouldn't matter so much unless you were breeding for sex links. For example, if you want to make an unbarred bird sexable at hatch by using barring, you would need to use an unbarred cock over the barred hens, otherwise the sex linking would not work. That's the only example I can think of that would make the gender of the two birds matter.
 

Tarzan31

In the Brooder
Jul 31, 2016
17
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Massachusetts
Thank you for the reply!
I haven't found anyone local with better looking Wyandottes so I don't have a good example to compare to. These three are the best I have seen with my own 2 eyes so I am starting to think everyone around Mass only has splash or a bad experiment they are trying to pass off as BLRW.
Since these are splash I will start searching for the black laced red. I have never found a local breeder with them and have seen only one or 2 commercial hatchery's carry them.
I have found that there is a lot of misinformation on the BLRW's around and I don't want to be the person who passes along that bad info so thank you for correcting me on the crossing!
I have a few different breeds of hatchery chicks and I am not impressed but in the end I love my girls! After all they are just layers and not here for show reasons.

With the other three Wyandottes I had they all showed a lot of Silver and came out to be all roo's. I think I got doop'd by the breeder and he knew exactly what he gave me.
Lesson learned!
 

Tarzan31

In the Brooder
Jul 31, 2016
17
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Massachusetts
Yemimah, I will take a look at the Meyer Hatchery. I believe I saw a video in the past of their flock of Black laced reds and they did have really dark coloring. I would be very excited if I got a few of them and they did give me the 100% blue when bred to the splash I have!
 

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