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What colour is my chicken? AND a breeding question!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RoosRock, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. RoosRock

    RoosRock Out Of The Brooder

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    I enjoy breeding mutts rather than purebred for the most part… what do you like?

    what colour is the bantam ameraucana hen? (her sister is a blue splash, pictured in the second photo)
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    And what colour would you say this landrace is?? calico?
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    And this black pullet {below} is the daughter of a lavender d'uccle hen, if she was to be bred, would the lavender gene come out in her offspring? if it makes a difference she would bee bred to a white black tail japanese bantam roo. (her dad was a silkie landrace cross, so not a pure colour on his side, he is the white roo below)
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    Thanks :)
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Noel and Rain the two slate blue silkie mixes. I believe their father to have been a blue rooster because the other bantam roosters we have are all either white, laced, or silver-duckwing.
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    Ruby with her two chicks, Noel and Rain (hatched just a day or two after Christmas, while it was raining instead of snowing).
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    Azul the father. He is a blue silkie.
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  3. RoosRock

    RoosRock Out Of The Brooder

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    Very pretty birds GitaBooks!
    As for my bantam ameraucana she was breed to a white silkie and her chicks are red, heres a pic of her son….
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  4. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    He is very handsome!
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The first one is Blue. She has a single copy of the blue dilute gene. Her Splash sister has two copies of the gene.

    Second bird looks like Mille Fleur coloring.

    For the third bird, lavender is a recessive dilute gene so it requires two copies to express. Her father is likely recessive white. She is likely split for both lavender and recessive white, but she will only produce those colors if bred to a rooster with those genes as well.
     
  6. RoosRock

    RoosRock Out Of The Brooder

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    Junebuggena, how can a blue hen with a white roo produce red chicks? maybe the the first hen, name is lory, carries a red gene? could she be for example a red partridge with a single copy of the dilute blue gene, making her look so dark? every once and a while when she moults i can see chocolate-red random feathers for a bit, but then they go away…

    And lavender dosen't come about in the second generation, if bred to a white black tail roo?…. Well thats a bummer! I was hoping for a lavender black tail!
     
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  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Most Blue Ameraucana lines are plagued by red or gold leakage. Usually females don't express leakage at all, but occasionally leaky females do occur.

    And yeah, Lavender will not express in future generations unless you line breed. And it will take several generations of line breeding and lots of culling to get that Lavender gene to express consistently and still keep the black-tailed white coloring correct. It's not something that will happen in the second or even third generation (at least not consistently).
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    very interesting
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed
     

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