Reference: Squills 2002. International Year Book.

More Guidelines for Color Matings from Different Sources

1. Blue Bar X Silver Bar = All Blue if cock doesn’t carry Silver.  If so both colors in both sexes

2. Silver Bar X Blue Bar = Silver hens, blue cocks. This is a sex-linked mating.

3. Mealy X Blue Bar = All mealy if cock carries no blue. Otherwise, both colors in both sexes. Could also get cream or silver  hens if cock carries silver.

4. Blue Bar X Mealy = Mealy cocks, blue hens.  Mealy hens are sex-linked to all intense colors. Silver could result if  cock carries it.

5. Mealy X Silver Bar = All mealy if cock carries no blue or silver.  If cock does carry Blue then both colors in both sexes.  If cock carries silver or cream, you can get blue, silver, mealy or cream in both sexes.

6. Silver Bar X Mealy = Sex-link.  Mealy cocks, silver hens.

7. Blue Bar X Cream Bar = If cock carries no silver, mealy cocks and blue hens.  If cock carries silver, then mealy or cream cocks and blue and silver hens.

8. Cream Bar X Blue Bar = If cock carries no blue or silver then cream hens and mealy cocks.  Otherwise, cream or silver hens and blue or mealy cocks.

9. Silver Bar X Cream Bar = Sex-linked.  Silver hens, cream cocks.

10. Cream Bar X Silver Bar = If cock carries no blue or silver, all cream.  Otherwise, both sexes.  Blue cock that has silver mother mated to silver hen will produce 50% each color and sex.

11. Recessive Red X Recessive Yellow = All red if cock carries no yellow.  Otherwise, both colors, both sexes.

12. Recessive Yellow X Recessive Red = sex-linked, red cocks, yellow hens.

13. Black X Recessive Red or Recessive yellow = Depends on what color is masked by red or yellow.  No reds or yellows unless cock carries it.

14. Recessive Red or Recessive Yellow X Black = same as above.

15. Recessive Red or Recessive Yellow X Any bar or check = same as above.

16. Any Bar or Check X Recessive Red or Recessive Yellow= same as above.

17. White X Non-white = depends on the backgrounds of both birds.

18. Non-white X White = same as above.

19. Pure White cock X Black = White hens with yellow specs on head.

20. Recessive Red X Blue = All blue young.

21. Silver cock X Black hen = silver hen and black cock.

22. Grizzle X Any Bar = Grizzle and bar in both sexes.

23. Any Bar X Grizzle = same as above.

24. Grizzle X Any Check = Poorly patterned grizzles may appear along with checks.  Bars and good grizzles only if check is carrying bar in its background.

25. Any Check X Grizzle = same as above.

26. Grizzle X Any Solid = Depends on the backgrounds of both birds.

27. Any Solid X Grizzle = same as above.

28. Brown X Blue = Blue cocks, brown hens, sex-linked.  If cock carries dilute, then khaki hens also.

29. Blue X Brown = If cock carries brown, then both sexes in brown.  If cock carries dilute but not brown, then blue and silver hens and blue cocks.  If cock carries dilute and brown, then khaki hens also.  Otherwise, only blue in both sexes.

30. Brown X Silver = Blue cocks, brown hens.  If cock carries dilute, then khaki and silver hens also.

31. Silver X Brown = Blue cocks, silver hens, or possibly khaki hens and brown cocks if cock carries khaki.

32. Brown X Mealy = If cock carries dilute, then khaki and brown hens.  Otherwise brown hens and only mealy cocks.

33. Mealy X Brown = Mealy in both sexes.  Possible blue, silver, brown, khaki and cream hens and brown and blue cocks if cock carries brown and/or dilute.  Otherwise mealy only in both sexes.

34. Brown X Cream = Brown hens, mealy cocks.  If cock carries dilute, then also khaki hens and cream cocks.

35. Cream X Brown = Mealy cocks, cream hens.  Possible blue cocks and silver hens if cock carries silver.  Brown cocks and brown and khaki hens if cock carries khaki.

36. Khaki X Brown = Brown cocks, khaki hens.

37. Khaki X Khaki = Khaki, both sexes.  Also depends on what cock carries.

38. Brown X Khaki = Brown only, unless cock carries dilute, then brown and khaki both sexes.

39. Brown X Brown = Brown only unless cock carries dilute, then khaki hens also.

40. Khaki X Blue = Blue cocks khaki hens.

41. Blue X Khaki = All blue unless cock carries brown and/or dilute.  If cock carries dilute, then silver hens also.  If cock carries brown and/or dilute, then brown and/or khaki in both sexes.

42. Khaki X Mealy = Mealy cocks, khaki hens.

43. Mealy X Khaki = Mealy only unless cock carries other sex-linked genes.  If cock carries dilute, then silver in both sexes possible.  If the cock carries blue, then blues in both sexes possible.  If cock carries brown and/or dilute, then brown and/or khaki in both sexes possible.

44. Khaki X Cream = Cream cocks, khaki hens.

45. Cream X Khaki = All cream unless cock carries silver or khaki, then silver.  Khaki in both sexes is possible.

46. Red X Brown/Khaki = Many possibilities, depends on cock’s background.

47. Brown/Khaki X Red = Depends on hen.  For khaki cocks, dilute hens and intense cocks.  All hens brown or khaki if cock does not carry red.

48. Yellow X Brown/Khaki = If hen is brown, then dilute hens and intense cocks.  Only dilute colors if hen is khaki.

49. Brown/Khaki X Yellow = Depends on the yellow’s background.

50. White X Brown/Khaki = Determined by what color is masked by white.  Once known, follow earlier examples.

51. Black/Dun X Khaki = Black, being spread blue.  Follow guidelines for blue and silver.  All black and dun if cock does not carry khaki.  If cock does carry khaki, both colors, both sexes.

52. Khaki X Black/Dun = Same as above.

53. Indigo X Any Other Color = If cock is impure, 50% indigo, both sexes.

54. Indigo (pure) X Black = 100% andalusian, both sexes.

55. Indigo X Indigo = Double factor indigo (pure) 100%, both sexes.

56. Indigo (pure) X Any Other Color = 100% indigo, both sexes.

57. Any Other Color X Indigo (pure) = Same as above.

58. Andalusian (pure) X Black = 100% andalusian, both sexes.

59. Andalusian X Reduced = Produces a laced look, pastel buff, pastel platinum, and silver in both laced and non-laced, both sexes.

60. Indigo X Opal = Antique white bars with a variance background color.

61. Indigo Check X Opal = Antique white bars with a wide range of checks in the wing shield from bronze, blue to white or all may appear.

62. Indigo (carrying reduced) X Reduced Indigo (any pattern) = 100% reduced indigo both sexes.

63. Dominant Opal (any pattern) X Indigo (any pattern) = 25% dominant opal indigo.

64. Dominant Opal X Dominant Red (ash red) = Wide range of color shades of medium pastel.  Also possible to obtain birds with a lavender-bluish background with light wing and tail tips along with white bars.

65. Dominant Opal X Dominant Opal = Double factor dominant opal, seems to be somewhat lethal.  Only 75% of the eggs hatch; of those that do hatch produce dominant opals at a 50% rate.

66. Ash Red X Blue = If cock is pure, all ash red.  If impure, it depends on what it carries.

67. Blue Bar X Ash Red = Sex-linked, blue hens, red cocks.

68. Blue Bar (carrying dilute) X Mealy = Mealy cocks, blue hens, sex-linked.

69. Blue Bar (carrying dilute) X Blue Bar = About 25% pure blue bar cocks, 25% impure cocks carrying the dilute factor.  25% pure blue bar hens and 25% pure mealy hens.

70. Blue Bar X Blue Bar = If cock is pure, 100% blue bar in both sexes, if not, it depends on what the cock carries.

71. Any Other Color X Almond = Almond cocks and non-almond hens.

72. Reduced X Black = Black lace both sexes.

73. Yellow X Red = Sex-linked, yellow hens, red cocks.

Information sourced from American Baldhead Roller Club  www.welovebaldheads.com

The Opal Factor
Breeding reds from two blues is genetic impossibility, but there are fanciers who claim to have done it. The following should explain the situation. Sometimes a blue pair will produce a young cock which looks somewhat like a red check but is actually an opal. If you compare the opal check with a true red check you will notice a difference. Also the opal will not have black flecks as seen in some red checks. The opal colour is also found in hens and is usually a soft powder blue and there is no dark bar on the tail. Racing ability does not seem to be affected.

On looking through past racing records I note that an opal cock won the 320 mile race for me in 1982. Further down the race result sheet was another opal cock owned by someone else. The opal colour in hens certainly enhances the show potential. I had a beautiful opal hen that won many best in show awards. Opal is a recessive colour. When mated to blues or blacks, only blue and black progeny will result. The young will carry the opal factor and when mated together will give opals of both sexes. It is an interesting colour for experimentation.

Black Flecks
You will have noticed that some red cocks have black flecks on their feathers, mostly wings and tail, and these flecks increase with each moult. The explanation is quite simple and has to do with X and Y chromosomes and whether or not there were blues in the ancestory. Black flecks means these red cocks are carrying the factor for blue colour.

The business of X and Y chromosomes is more complex and we will leave that to be discussed under another heading. You may have noticed too that hens don't get these black flecks. If they do have flecks, they will be brown. Its all about sex-linkage and those X and Y chromosomes again.

Information sourced from www.racing-pigeon-fancier.com

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