Splash variations: which is the right variety terminology?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickyChooky, May 24, 2016.

  1. ChickyChooky

    ChickyChooky Out Of The Brooder

    Hi, everyone!

    I have a couple of Splash Australorps who have a different base colour. One is White with dark splashes. The other has a Blue base with dark Splashes. They're only 8 wks old but definitely males. Would the one with the White base colour be called a White Splash or is it the other way around? The other one, has really caught my eye. I think he has a beautiful variation with that Blue base colour. So, with him, would he be called a Blue Splash or is it the other way around? I don't know the parentage as I purchased them as fertile eggs but I could probably find out depending on what the breeder remembers using at the time. I ended up with a Black pullet as well though I ordered Splash Australorps. I do realise that genetically that can happen with this particular variety so I'm not concerned. All are very friendly anyway.

    And, just for the record, I also have a lovely White Crested Blue Polish hen, who after 2 1/2 yrs of being a Blue decided to become a Splash last season. That was quite a surprise!

    Any information would be helpful. [​IMG] Plus, I'm sure there would be others out there interested in this question.

    Chucklin' & Cluckin' Away!

    ChickyChooky [​IMG]
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    To me, there's just splash. Like there's just blue. Either color can vary quite a bit. I've been breeding mixed breed blue birds and have everything from pretty light dove grey to a reddish grey to a dark gunmetal grey. Genetically, they're all blue and that's what I call them.

    Same for splash. The color might vary from bird to bird, but genetically it's just splash. If you're feeling descriptive you could call them lighter splash or darker splash, but at the heart of it they're splash.
     
  3. ChickyChooky

    ChickyChooky Out Of The Brooder

    I see, Donrae.

    Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it. [​IMG]

    I had a feeling that might be the case. It's a shame that they aren't more specific about color variations. I'll just have to add my own terminology to the mix. Lol!

    Your chicken colour variations sound interesting. When I get time, I must check your photos out.

    Chicky Cheers! [​IMG]

    ChickyChooky :)

    P.S. I hope your recovery is going smoothly and really well.
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Thank you for the well wishes. It's definitely been one wild ride!

    I don't think I have many pics of my blue ladies up right now. Let me see what I've got on my phone

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    I've thought about calling my flock 50 Shades of.... Blue.
     
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