This May Have an Obvious Answer, But...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by speckledhen, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You know I have my Blue Orpington cockerel, Suede. I also have two Blue Ameraucana pullets (true breed). If I breed these two blue, but different breed, chickens, will I still get the blue, black, splash just like I would if I bred an Orp to an Orp or a blue Ameraucana to another blue Ameraucana? I would say yes, but wanted confirmation from more learned folks than I in genetics.
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I don't think anyone has answered you yet because 1. they just don't know or 2. because we're shocked that you have a question. [​IMG]

    You're usually the chicken expert here.

    IDK, I would assume so. But I don't know a thing about chicken genetics.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Trisha, where did that nasty rumor get started that I'm a chicken expert, LOL? I know a little about alot of chicken things, but I'm no genetics person. I know about blue genetics to a degree, though, since I have the Blue Orpingtons and it could be a completely stupid question in the first place. Seems to me breeding two blues of different breeds would still get you blue, black and splash. Tim? wclarence? True?
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  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Cynthia, we have blue slate turkeys and their breeding is crazy too. I AM NOT a genetics person but it is always interesting to see what you wnd up with. Blue, splash or black they are all pretty.

    ETS: I don't really know what the point of that post was.
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  5. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Breed shouldn't matter. They will be either blue, black, splash or possibly white... I think you are more likely to end up with splashes and blues rather then the blacks or whites, though possible.
    In order to breed blues without blue birds, one would take a white bird and cross with a black bird, resulting in black, splash, white and blue.
  6. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    Yep , blue is blue reguardless of what breed of chicken i'ts on, you you get the typical 1/2 1/4 1/4. Not sure as what the body type will resemble though
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    I second that----you should still get the genetic variety of blue.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    That would be interesting to see, which body type. Suede is a tank of a rooster, as most of you know, about 10 lbs, I think. The Ameraucanas are longlegged and rangey and can fly like nobody's business. Complete opposites.
    Angie, a splash is basically a white bird with black/blue feather accents, but I doubt I'd get an actual white. With blue x blue and a decent number incubated, I know I could expect approximately 50% blue, 25% black and 25% splash. So far in my incubations, I have gotten mostly blues, a few splashes and only one black, but those were all pure Orpingtons. I may have to think about the Orp/Ameraucana cross. Probably have beards and muffs, but I bet the combs would be odd.
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I think you'd would get the 50/25/25 as with other blue breeds like my Andalusions.
    Bet they would be a neat cross.

    Hmmm... what about blue orpington / blue andalusion cross...

    That might be an idea I'd try in the future.[​IMG]
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, Lee, you just need some of those Blue Orpington hatching eggs or come up for another visit and get some chicks.

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