Rollers – The Colors

Colors

There are three basic colors.  They are listed in order of most dominant to least.

  1. Ash Red
  2. Black (more often called Blue or Wild Type)
  3. Brown

There are only 3 colors, but several factors can tweak what we see.  Even though we call the wild type “blue” in fact it is an optical illusion and truly a blue bird, but that is just too hard to explain so I’m calling that group “blue” even though it is a misnomer.

Various colors and what they really are “under the covers”

Reds Blues Browns
Ash Red Blue  
Red Bar Blue Bar  
Red Check Blue Check  
Yellow Black  
White bird with red grizzle White bird with black grizzle  
Spread Lavender Dun  
     

1) Brown cock x blue hen = all blue sons carrying brown; all brown daughters

2) Blue cock x brown hen = all blue sons carrying brown; all blue daughters

3) Blue cock x blue hen = all blue sons; all blue daughters

4) Blue cock x ash-red hen = all ash-red sons carrying blue; all blue daughters

5) Ash-red cock x blue hen = all ash-red sons carrying blue; all ash-red hens

6) Brown cock x ash-red hen = all ash-red sons carrying brown; all brown hens.

7) Ash-red cock x brown hen = all ash-red sons carrying brown; all ash-red hens A footnote from Frank Mosca:  “in females sex, dilute and color are always passed down together” Page break

Red Bars

Red Checks

Blue Bars

Blue Checks