What would I get if I crossed a white roo with a...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shelleyd2008, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    blue splash hen? I am having trouble finding a blue splash or blue OEGB rooster. I have one that is pure white, and no hens to go with him. What color chicks would come from them, or would it be just a mix? I also have a blue OEGB pullet that I want to put with the splash hen and her 'roo'. If I can't find a blue or splash roo, what color would come from this mix?

    White roo x blue splash hen

    White roo x Blue hen
     
  2. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You would get a mix as far as color is concerned. What are you trying to accomplish?
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Nothing really, it's just either put them with him, or my son's grey silkie till I can find a roo to go with them. I'm trying to downsize my roos, and didn't know if the white would be useful for anything. Guess I'll just keep looking! Thanks
     
  4. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    White is a masking gene. It means that the "underlying color" of the bird is hidden by dominant white - in most cases. White is then always a guessing game. What lies beneath determines your results.

    So depending on the masked color, the results of a mating could be a wild surprise.

    If the bird's background is gold or silver, or colombian or.... you get the idea.

    Breeding is the only way to find out what's "behind" a white bird. Sometimes the results are beautiful. Go for it.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    All chickens have gold and/or silver in their background; they question is which, and as you said, which other genes are present. White does mask, recessive white more completely than dominant white.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The rest of the 'chicks' that came in the same clutch as this one (bought mama and babies at an auction) are red pyles. This is the only one that is pure white, and another has a washed out look to it, almost like a lemon coloring. So would it most likely have a red pyle coloring hiding? Mama was a red pyle hen though, and I don't know what the dad(s) was.
     

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