Hi peeps! After several years of working with many breeds and learning lot's along the way I need some solid advice on how to best diversify my genetics AND get the varieties I desire. I have some understanding but not enough! I also have some idea of what I need to do but as an obsessive over thinker, having it spelled out by someone with experience sure could be helpful in saving some of my brain power. I'm working with bantam Ameraucana. I currently have Wheaten (6F and 8M) and Lavender (1F, 4M). However, focusing on Lavender... my true goal, the issue I am faced with is having 4 cockerels and only 1 pullet... after spending several years and more than $600 to get the few I have... I'm tired of looking and hoping for what has yet to materialize. Hopefully I will be able to just work on my own closed flock lines! So I was planning to start an intensive program to get through as many generations as I can as quickly as possible. Using all 4 stags to create not less than 4 lines with the Lav lady. Can you tell me what I will get if I breed my Lav stags over Wheaten ladies? Will this give me black splits or something else? Bred back to Lav... will I then get some Lav and some black, and will they be likely to have excess leakage? One last question... How do I get chocolate? Please be just as detailed as you can as I WILL take the time to process it all the way through my brain. Or if you know someone else with a better understanding either of my varieties in question or spiral line breeding then please tag them. Thank you in advance to those willing to share their time and knowledge! When possible links are appreciated. Suggestions also welcome.