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#117390 - 04/11/19 05:05 PM Blue earlobes: interaction or unique gene?
Appyjumpindaze Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
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If I want to breed a nice blue eared silky to a white eared bird, am I looking at something like white over melanistic = blue or is the blue earlobe it's own gene? Does it link to others? Does it have enhancers? How does blue earlobes work?

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#117391 - 04/19/19 07:49 AM Re: Blue earlobes: interaction or unique gene? [Re: Appyjumpindaze]
Henk69 Offline
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Indeed, black skin plus white enamel = blue

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#117392 - 04/19/19 11:53 PM Re: Blue earlobes: interaction or unique gene? [Re: Henk69]
Wieslaw Offline
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The very light blue earlobes in some hens(leghorns) in my opinion may also be a result of a very thin layer of white enamel plus red blood(like with very pale people, where veins look blue under the skin).

The most impressive thing I have witnessed was with an excited turkey tom. The skin on its head changed from red to bright blue and then turquois in a matter of seconds(less than one minute). I have no idea how it works.

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#117394 - 04/24/19 07:51 AM Re: Blue earlobes: interaction or unique gene? [Re: Wieslaw]
Smooth Mule Offline
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Registered: 02/13/10
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Loc: Missouri
Fibro with white ear lobes has been my experience but I have a young rooster by a Green Jungle fowl and a black Silkie hen who has both blue and red on the ear lobes.

https://imgur.com/NQWRhpy

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