Cute Fuzzy Chicks: Blue Splash Marans

| 9/13/2012 11:17:24 AM

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We got gifted with some cute fuzzy chicks!

We’ve been putting together new episodes of Tough GRIT, one of which talks about chickens (surprise, surprise), specifically the care of newly-hatched chicks. Meyer Hatchery generously gave us a box of chicks for the episode. We had a few more chicks than we needed, so I had the opportunity to adopt a few. I chose four Blue Splash Marans pullets. ‘Marans’ (with a silent s) is the name of the village in France where the breed originated, pronounced muh-rahn, I’m told.

Blue Splash Marans Chick 

Blue splash chickens have some really interesting stuff going on, genetically. Basically, they’d have black plumage, but there’s an incompletely dominant ‘Blue’ gene that dilutes black coloring. To break it down, Mendel-style:

(BB) If the chicken ends up with no blue genes, they’ll have black feathers;

(Bb) One blue gene will partially mask the black color and you’ll get that gray or slate blue color.