What color of Cochin Roo should I get if I want blue babies???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bossynbella, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I ordered 4 st. run cochins from mcmurry this spring and ended up with 5 YEAH! I ordered 2 blue and 2 silver laced. I ended up with 1 blue 2 black and 2 silver laced. All are HENS!!! This would normally be great but now I need a rooster.
    I love the blue color and wondered if there is a certain color roo I should get that would make more of the babies likely to be blue?
    Was wondering if White with black gets more blue? or if a blue rooster or black rooster would be better? Also what happens if you breed a silver laced with a solid colored roo? will I get really bad marked SL?
    Sorry this is so long
    Hope someone can help me!
    Melissa
     
  2. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    White with black together would likely give you alot of off colored birds. You should take a splash rooster to your blacks and that will give you all blues. And the splash against the blue would give you blues and splashes also. Solid colors against laced birds would probably give you poorly laced birds or off colored birds also. But Blue/Black & Splash birds can all be bred together to get the same out of them, so long as it is regular blue and not self-blue (lavender).
    Hope this helps!
     
  3. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
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    Yep! You need Splash, I bought A black pair, then a Splash Hen and a Splash Cockerel, will be putting the splashes with the blacks and going from there.[​IMG]
     
  4. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Black x Blue = 50% Black, 50% blue
    Blue x Blue = 25% black, 50% blue, 25% splash
    Blue x Splash = 50% blue, 50% splash
    Black x Splash = 100% blue

    Take your pick! [​IMG] obviously if you want all blue offspring you'll have to breed black to splash.
     
  5. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    You will get better lacing in the blues if you breed black to blue.
     
  6. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay this makes since. I do have one more question though.
    What would I get if I breed a black Roo to the black hens (which I assume have the blue gene because I ordered blue and got them)
    I really only have one Blue hen right now. and she is absolutly beautiful
    Melissa
     
  7. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    Black x Black = 100% Black
     
  8. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes black x black equals all black, most hatcheries sell their blues as assorted and ship blue/black/splash however they are hatched if they have a blue program that produces all 3 colors. Basically black is the base, you need one blue gene for a bird to be blue, the hidden gene it carries would then be black. And two blue genes is what creates a splash.
     
  9. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    I would go for blue or splash.
     
  10. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Hands Down get a BLUE ROO. Then with the offspring you can breed a splash to your black ones if you want to.

    Blue you will get blue, black, and splash with the blue genetics. If you mix a splash to a true black you may end up ewith some not so good results in the future. You can still breed blue to black, but they wont be of pure blue lines unless it is a black that comes from a blue to blue mating.


    I hope that made some sense [​IMG][​IMG]


    eta: after your first mating then I would play around with the colors more if you want but be sure to id them so you know which is true blue and which is otherwise IMO
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008

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