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Breeding Blue Grizzle Roller Pigeons

05/11/23 By Tony Chavarria
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Breeding Blue Grizzle Roller Pigeons

Introduction: Blue grizzle feather patterns in roller pigeons have long captured the attention of pigeon fanciers. By using the grizzle gene and breeding it onto blue bar roller pigeons, we can achieve the desired classic blue grizzle markings. In this brief guide, we will explore the process of breeding for blue grizzle and shed light on the genetic factors that contribute to their appearance.

Understanding the Grizzle Gene and Feather Patterns: The grizzle gene, represented by the symbol "G," is at the heart of producing the captivating grizzle patterns seen in pigeons. When combined with the blue bar pigeons, the grizzle gene creates the sought-after blue grizzle phenotype. The grizzle gene works by inhibiting the formation of pigment, resulting in unique feather patterns.

Feather Appearance: Blue grizzle roller pigeons showcase distinct feather patterns that set them apart. The grizzle gene removes pigment from the center portion of the feathers, creating a striking salt and pepper or "grizzled" effect. The outer tips of the feathers retain their blue color, while the central portion appears lighter or even white.

Breeding Blue Grizzle Rollers: To breed blue grizzle roller pigeons successfully, consider the following steps while focusing on the genetic factors involved:

  1. Selecting Breeding Stock: Choose a blue bar or blue series pigeon as your breeding stock. Look for birds with clear blue feathers and the desired roller characteristics. Pay attention to their lineage, seeking out birds with blue grizzle ancestors, to increase the likelihood of passing on the grizzle gene and feather patterns.

  2. Understanding Inheritance: When breeding blue bar or blue series rollers, the grizzle gene may not be visibly present. However, it can still be carried by these pigeons. Look for birds that have produced blue grizzle offspring in previous pairings or have blue grizzle ancestors, as they are more likely to carry the grizzle gene.

  3. Strategic Pairings: Pair blue bar or blue series pigeons that carry the grizzle gene with other birds that also possess the grizzle gene. This increases the chances of producing blue grizzle offspring. Breeding two blue grizzle pigeons together will result in a higher percentage of blue grizzle offspring in subsequent generations.

  4. Observing Feather Development: As the offspring grow and develop their plumage, closely monitor their feather patterns. Blue grizzle markings tend to become more apparent as the birds mature. Select individuals that exhibit the desired blue grizzle pattern, with the characteristic salt and pepper effect, for further breeding purposes.

  5. Continual Breeding and Selection: Consistency is key in refining the blue grizzle roller pigeon strain. Continue breeding selected birds that display the classic blue grizzle markings over multiple generations, focusing on reinforcing the presence of the grizzle gene and enhancing the desired feather patterns.


Conclusion:
Breeding Blue Grizzle roller pigeons involves utilizing the grizzle gene and pairing it with blue bar or blue series pigeons to create the coveted blue grizzle phenotype. The resulting feather patterns, characterized by the grizzled or salt and pepper effect, add a unique and captivating beauty to these birds.

With a thorough understanding of the grizzle gene and its interaction with the blue bar or blue series background, you can embark on an exciting journey of breeding and producing your very own line of blue grizzle roller pigeons. Enjoy the process of creating and appreciating the remarkable feather patterns that make blue grizzle rollers such a prized and fascinating addition to your loft.


CockHenYoung CocksYoung Hens
GrizzleNon-Grizzle50% Grizzle50% Grizzle
50% Non-Grizzle50% Non-Grizzle
GrizzleGrizzle50% Grizzle
25% Homozygous Grizzle
25% Non-Grizzle
50% Grizzle
25% Homozygous Grizzle
25% Non-Grizzle
Homozygous GrizzleNon-GrizzleGrizzleGrizzle
Homozygous GrizzleGrizzle50% Grizzle
50% Homozygous Grizzle
50% Grizzle
50% Homozygous Grizzle

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