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Understanding Black/Blue/Splash

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Rusty Hills Farm, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    I know this has been discussed a zillion times before, but as a breeder of RIRs, I'm having a really tough time understanding color inheritance.

    So, with black/blue/splash, I do understand that when you breed a blue rooster with black hens, you will receive 50% black chicks and 50% blue chicks.

    When you breed a blue rooster with blue hens, you will receive 50% blue chicks, 25% black chicks, and 25% splash chicks.

    When you breed a splash rooster with black hens, you will receive 100% blue chicks.

    When you breed a splash rooster with blue hens, you will receive 50% blue chicks and 50% splash chicks.

    Okay, now what happens when you breed the black rooster to blue or splash? And am I correct that black/black breedings will only produce black? What do you get from splash/splash?

    And are those all the color combinations or have I missed some?

    Thanks for all help! I'd never even thought about breeding for various colors before discovering this site.

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  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Blue x Blue = 25% Black 50% Blue 25% splash

    Black x Blue = 50% Black 50% Blue

    Black x Splash =100% Blue

    Blue x Splash = 50% Blue 50% Splash

    Splash x Splash = 100% Splash

    It doesn't matter which one is the roo or hen.

    Blue is a dilution of the black gene.
     
  3. Hi!
    I think you've got it all straight [​IMG]

    What do you get from splash/splash?

    All splashes.

    what happens when you breed the black rooster to blue or splash?

    As far as I know, same as the other way,
    black x blue = blues and blacks,
    black x splash = all blues.

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    Lisa​
     
  4. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    Blue is a dilution of the black gene.

    THIS is what I didn't understand! Thank you! That clears up my confusion completely. I hadn't even seen splash until discovering this site--or if I have, I didn't know what it was. This color stuff is all fascinating. I've never bred anything but RIRs and now my buff Rocks, so this was never a factor for me. But I am fascinated by the black/blue/splash and may try a breed with these colors just so I can see them for myself.

    Chickens are so much FUN!

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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    And you wont necessarily get those color ratios with small numbers of chicks hatched.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  7. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
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    And you wont necessarily get those color ratios with small numbers of chicks hatched.

    That's what makes it all so interesting! I love surprises, especially now that I understand some of the underlying genetics.

    Thank you all for helping to educate me!

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