I have found that the Splash Orpington can be shadowed by many of the other colours when customers choose their favourite colours on the web site. But in the flesh the Splash colouring really stands out and when stood looking at a huge field of young growing Orpingtons somehow the Splash birds always catch your eye.
Being bred from the Blue and Black Orpingtons, the Splash Orpingtons match the size, type and quality of these two long established Standard colours.
Splash is a truly fascinating colour and one that is often over looked by many poultry enthusiasts. It is actually a Blue chicken in pure form so when mated to another Splash which would also be a Blue chicken in pure form it will always produce Splash. A 100% recreation of its parents colouring every time.
Splash chickens have inherited and are carrying two Blue genes ( one from each parent )
Blue chickens have inherited and are carrying only one Blue gene which meant that they only inherited the Blue gene from one of their parents and the other gene they have inherited from the other parent must be black.
But if a Splash chicken is mated to a chicken not carrying any Blue genes then it will still pass on one Blue gene to all its offspring so every chick will have a blue base colour, the expression of this will vary depending on the other genes inherited from the non Blue chicken.
It is believed that the more Black that is present in the genetic make up of an individual bird the darker the shade of Blue.
This follows through to the amount of Black present in the plumage of the Splash Orpington.
THE BLUE GENE
The Blue gene is an incomplete dominant gene which means that if a bird has inherited one Blue gene from one of it's parents then it will be Blue but if it is pure for the Blue gene and has inherited two Blue genes ( one from each of it's parents ) then it will be Splash.
Black x Blue
= 50% Black / 50% Blue
Blue x Blue
= 25% Black / 50% Blue / 25% Splash
Black x Splash
= 100% Blue
Blue x Splash
= 50% Blue / 50% Splash