Splash or white?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by WA4-Hpoultrymom, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    We hatched some of our own chicks this spring, and thought at the time that our bantam cochin hen was white. But now all the babies have grown up and are blue, which leads me to believe she is splash. We have offspring from her mating with a bantam black cochin and/or a self-blue OEGB, and all babies are blue. I just read something on the Lav Orp thread that said Lav (Self-Blue) can dilute to look like blue, which I think must have happened with the mixed pullet we have who really looks BLUE. We thought we'd get all black cochin babies, but they appear blue as well.

    How does one dilute splash to the point that it looks white? She was the extra chick in a hatchery order, and we thought she was white from the get go. Just curious to know more about how the splash can get so diluted.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Repeated splash to splash breedings will dilute splash to near white. That's why it's good to breed them back to blue or black occasionally to keep the dark spots.
     
  3. blackclownfish16

    blackclownfish16 Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    Thanks guys. I'll have to go check out that thread now.
     

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