What does "split" mean(for dummies please)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shannon's Chix, May 14, 2010.

  1. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    855
    2
    141
    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    I don't understand the whole split thing when someone is talking about colors such as blue black split or whatever. Could someone explain what this means in simple terms? Thanks so much!
     
  2. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    I am not sure but good question,
     
  3. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    7,000
    12
    251
    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    Split means that the bird carries the gene for what ever it is split for - ie lavender. So if you breed two split birds together you have a % likelihood of getting that trait to show.

    I never can remember the breakdown of %
     
  4. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Songster

    3,258
    81
    246
    Aug 17, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania
    Yes, It means the bird was split to a resesive color, and carries genes for that variety. (Lavender, mottled etc...)
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    12,683
    64
    331
    Jan 11, 2007
    PA
    Split is not typically used referring to blue, since that is a dominant color. It is more often used for recessive colors - the split color gene is usually not visible yet, but if you breed for it you can get it to show visually on the plumage. Lavender and mottled are good examples.
     
  6. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Good question since right now I have lav Ameraucanas hatching that are split. So far 2 have been born visually lavender, 2 solid black ones and 2 that are black with yellowish throats. Are the solid black ones just black and the ones that have some yellow are split? Anyway to tell which ones are split and will give me a better chance for more lavenders?
     
  7. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Songster

    3,258
    81
    246
    Aug 17, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania
    Yes, but sometimes Split mottled birds will show Incomplete mottling on their head/wings/feet areas [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  8. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Quote:Do you know what the parents are? If it's a black bird (no split) bred to a lavender you'll get all black chicks ALL split to lavender - so if you breed the offspring back to the lavender parent you'll get 50% blacks split to lavender and 50% lavender.

    On the other hand if the parents are black split to lavender and lavender you'll get what I posted above - 50% black split to lavender and 50% lavender.

    Clear as mud? [​IMG]

    eta: I just re-read your post so since you already have some lavender chicks that means the black parent is split to lavender so all of your black chicks will be split to lavender as well. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  9. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I'm pretty sure the hens are split and so is the rooster. So will all the black chicks be split also?
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    12,683
    64
    331
    Jan 11, 2007
    PA
    If you breed split to split, you get approx 25% lav, 50% split and 25% straight black. There is no way to tell the difference between a straight black and a split black.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by