Using black splits....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Poulets De Cajun, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Can a black split pass on a copy of the single recessive lavender gene that they are carrying? Or does the dominant black prevent that?
     
  2. blueoval1

    blueoval1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean if it is bred to a lavender I think it can.

    If it is bred to a plain black I am not sure but I dont think so.

    Maybe someone morr educated can give a better answer. But at least I bumped it up lol.
     
  3. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can a black split pass on a copy of the single recessive lavender gene that they are carrying? Or does the dominant black prevent that?

    Yes a black bird heterozygous (split) for lavender can pass the lavender gene on to its offspring.....but unless it is being mated to either a homozygous (pure) lavender or another black heterozygous for lavender one wouldn't not see any lavender offspring.​
     
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    and if it only carries one copy of the gene, (which if it is black would be the case) then only half of the offspring would inherit the gene, on average.
     
  5. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mean a split lavender!
    Problem is you can't keep track of the lavender gene this way, only half of his/her offspring inherit a lavendergene.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    And you won't know which half inherited [​IMG]
     
  7. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Cool! I realize that it wouldn't show unless bred back to a full lavender, I was just curious.

    I've been thinking more about using my black split cockeral in the blue/black breeding program because he is so nice. He doesn't have a single off color feather anywhere, and has the most brilliant green sheen I think I've ever seen on a bird.

    I just didn't know if he could pass on his lavender gene or not, and how that might affect the black color of the offspring, since 'lavender' technically is a diluter.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    lavender only dilutes in two doses; until then it is essentially dormant.
     

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