There are breeders who claim through strict hard core culling the splashes can be cleaned up. Always using the cleanest birds in the pens, birds without rust or the birds with the least rust. But each time you breed them back into blacks you might be putting the red golds or autosomal reds back into them. So if you have silver based blacks you are ahead in the project.
But I must say those pictures of Julies splashes and the avatar splash of korfus kluckers are clean crystal pretty.
They must be using their darkest blues, those which are overly dark that are carrying a heavy dose of melanic enhancers. I've been told by some breeders that medium blues are lower on melanic enhancers, so their splashes from them would be lighter and not as heavily splashed. So the heavily splashed birds have to be coming from the super dark Blues, maybe we shouldn't be sending those super dark blues down the road to quickly. Does any one have any trial and error knowledge on this?
Breeders who raise splash imply that breeding splash to splash will continually dilute the splash. (Resulting in breeding the black enhancer out of the bird, leaving little to a very faint or small amout of splash on the bird.] Which makes sense considering that the splash gene is a diluting gene. According to various breeders breeding splash to blue will enrich the splashing on the bird.. The strengh of the splashing on the bird most likely will be determined by the strengh of the blue that is in the breeding pen. Considering that a dark blue bird will have stronger melanizing genes (black enhancers) which contributes to the splashing. So it appears that the strengh of the splash is regulated by the strenght of the blue it is mated to.
Post by bamachicken on Jun 4, 2012 14:38:57 GMT -5
Galyle I am working on some experiments this fall with Splash and blue colors. I have a six month male with the darker pattern splash. I am going to breed him over some darker hens that I need to lighten the color in and see what happens. I have another splash male from same hatch that is lighter. I will see if I need to use him instead of the darker. My three splash pullets have distinctive splash markings. Here is the darker male
Since we are now focusing on German Orps on another thread. Here is a page of German literature on Splashes. It includes a picture of a Splash hen and an illustration of a splash feather. Can anyone translate.