What color would the babies turn out to be?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by muscovy94, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I have a pair of pigeons that have paired up and should be laying eggs any day now. The male is red with a little light blue on his back and the female is black with white flights and white foot feathers. Does anyone know what I should expect the babies to look like? ANyone know which color would be dominant?

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  2. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess would be that one will be red and one will be black & white.
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

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    They are 4 weeks old & starting to look more like the dad.
     
  4. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The red one is recessive red. The color underneath the RR is blue, although we don't know what pattern. Some babies will be black, and some will be blue of some pattern. All babies will carry recessive red. And like I said before, there is no telling how much white they will have.
     
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You have the same case going on. If your cockbird is pure black (having two genes for spread rather than one. Spread is what turns blue birds like your hen, into blacks like your cock), then all the babies will be black. If he only has one gene for it, then you'll get about half blues and half blacks. And of course they will probably produce all splashes or at least pied birds.
     
  6. AllAroundAnimalLover

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    I Would think The recessive Red Would be dominant over The Blue Though ? I am Just getting into genetics - so I was just assuming the Red Would Overtake The Blue or Black - Can you explain why Not as i Thought Red was the dominant Color ? Thank You , Peace ! Mike [​IMG]



    Quote:You have the same case going on. If your cockbird is pure black (having two genes for spread rather than one. Spread is what turns blue birds like your hen, into blacks like your cock), then all the babies will be black. If he only has one gene for it, then you'll get about half blues and half blacks. And of course they will probably produce all splashes or at least pied birds.
     
  7. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are three basic color genes - Ash-red, Blue, and Brown.
    Ash-red is dominant over blue and brown.
    Blue is dominant over brown, but recessive to ash-red.
    Brown is recessive to the other two.


    Recessive red is a color modifier gene. All it does is cover up the base color. So a bird who is genetically blue, brown, or ash-red, will still appear recessive red if they have two genes for it. Because RR is a recessive gene, you need two copies for it to show, otherwise they are just carrying it to pass along to their children. Also, hens can have two copies of the RR gene, rather than only one, which is the case with base colors.

    Soooo the red you are thinking about is ash-red. Which...most people just call it red :p Like red bars and red checks are more correctly called ash-red bars and ash-red checks.
     

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