Splash + Buff = ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by racuda, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm hatching out a few Cochins to use as broodys so I'm not concerned about purity or adherence to any standard. I'm just curious what to expect. I have a splash rooster, and splash hens along with one rogue buff hen [​IMG]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Out of curiosity I went to Henk's calculator and ran a splash rooster over a buff hen. I did not expect the results I got. The offspring came out Blue. Splash is one of the strangest to me.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    With a splash parent, all offspring will receive a copy of the blue gene. Henk's calculator makes assumptions about the specific genes involved, which may or may not hold true for a specific bird. With black, blue and splash, it assumes that the bird is E/E based. Depending on the breed, it may or may NOT be E/E. And if it only has one copy of E, that allele would give the base for THAT bird, but not for offspring that did not inherit E. Don't take me wrong. The calculator is FANTASTIC for predicting the results, but the more you know about details of the genetics of different varieties, the better you can understand the limitations.

    With cochins, there is a good chance that the splash are e^b based, although they could also be E^R based. The buff could be e^b or E^Wh based.

    Experience says that you will get some birds who are blue, some who are buff and some who display a mix of the two colours. Blues may leak some gold, depending on other factors.
     
  4. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue? That's weird. So I'll get splash and blue chicks. [​IMG]
     
  5. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So they could be a hodge podge then. I'll know in 20 days.
     

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