What is a "splash" chicken?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Barry Natchitoches, May 2, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep reading about "splash" chickens.


    What, exactly, is a "splash" chick?


    I have 24 three week old baby ameraucana chicks from John Blehm -- how would I know if they were "splash" or not?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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  3. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    or like this.....
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  5. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or this one: Knephla, my mystery hen [​IMG]

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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Splash means the bird has two copies of the blue gene, it's not just a "look".
     
  7. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Splash is a double duition of black. It is called sport in some breeds like Games. Black is BB, Blue is Bb, and Splash is bb. Breeding blacks/blues/splashes will give different amounts of black/blue/splash. Using a t-square(I think that's what they're called) can help. But previous breeding and the individual bird will affect the percentages some.

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

    Example:
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    Blue BB BB
    Bb Bb

    Lemon Splash Mixed Silked Rooster (old picture, no longer has leg mites)
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    Lemon Blue Mixed Hen
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  8. briesberrypatch

    briesberrypatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is blue with splashes of black considered splash or something else?
     
  9. ILuvMyPetChickens

    ILuvMyPetChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Splash Silkie
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote:If it's blue, then it's blue, not splash. A splash bird looks white, not blue. It has two copies of the blue gene, yes, but it will not appear blue.
     

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