what is the difference between blue and self blue?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by adorable, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. adorable

    adorable Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    I am ordering some silkie chicks. I want to order blue.He has blue and self blue. What is the difference. Is the selfblue more of a true blue.?[​IMG].I want to breed the blues to get some splash. there are no splash in my area. Which ones do i order to be able to breed later to get splash.?
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Blue will get you splash, if you breed blue to blue. Self blue (lavender) breeds true and only produces self blue when bred to another self blue.
  3. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    Isn't the blue sort of laced? So it looks like a light blue laced with dark blue? And self blue is the lavendar?

    Anyone got pics?
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    If you are in the US, self-blue is the same as lavender, and is caused by the recessive lavender gene, meaning that two copies are required for the gene to have any affect. Blue is expected to be laced, and is the heterozygous state (1 copy) of the blue gene; the homozygous state (2 copies) is splash.

    In other parts of the world, self-blue refers to a non-laced blue, not lavender. "Self" typically refers to a solid colour throughout the entire plumage; for example, a self-black polish has a black, not a white crest.

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