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A Guide to Chicken Genetics: Splash and Paint

A Guide to Chicken Genetics: Splash and Paint


Splash: The Blue Color Variation

So where does Splash come from? Splash is a color variation when breeding chickens with the color variation of Blue. Many of our Blue Chickens here at Meyer Hatchery will have a “BBS” in front of their name. BBS stands for Blue, Black and Splash. You will see this option with our Blue Ameraucanas, Blue Orpington, Blue Andalusian,  Blue Birchen Maran, Blue Copper Maran and Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

  • Splash  X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Splash, 25% White
  • Black X Blue = 50% Blue and 50% Black
  • Blue X Blue = 25% Black, 50% Blue and 25% Splash
  • Black X Black = 100% Black
  • Splash X Splash= 100% Splash

The different colors do not have any effect on the colors of the eggs that the chicken will lay.  The American Poultry Association recognizes the Blue color variety in most of their recognized breeds. Paint, on the other hand, is not currently a recognized color for Silkie.  

We hope this information helps you to better understand the differences between Splash and Paint! Do you have any other color genetic questions that you would like answered? Let us know!


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