Alright, got one for all yall out there. A man e-mailed me the other day asking if I could help him figure something out. He has a pair of sumatras, rooster is splash came from blue to blue mating, hen is black from black to black mating. Threw the year he has bred and hatched from this pair 30 nice chicks. 29 are jet black and only 1 is blue. Problem is, as we know from splash to black all chicks are supposed to be blue. This was his question to me too , what was going on with them. Instantly, I thought, well he just has a blue and he's calling it splash. But no, he sent me pics of all the adult birds and chicks. In appearance the cock bird is a perfect splash in every way, and the chicks are just as black as they can be, the older ones are even getting the green shine to them already. Figured he may have just gotten some of those super dark near black looking blues, but after seeing the pics, that wasnt the case either. All I can figure at this point is genetically speaking, his splash really isnt a splash, but a blue, some how??? Anyway, personally I have never had this happen. Just wondering if any of you may have an idea so I can relay it back to him as to what he has happening. OH, Yes the birds are penned together by themselves too, I asked that, he said they have been together since Jan or so with no other birds having access to the hen, plus the chicks are from half grown to a few weeks old, so it's been an on going process with his color ratios.