A few of our rare colored racing homers. Here we have blue barless, indigo barless, ash red barless, ash yellow bar (cream).
A pair of recessive yellow racing homers.
Here you'll find a pair of Altenburg Trumpeters (cream and red check) with a pair of racing homers (barless and bar)
Most of my genetic studies have been in the racing homers and English Trumpeters. Many birds were purposely bred together or to a blue bar so I could try and figure out what else they had hiding.
What is a pattern?
Patterns in pigeons are what we see on the wing shields. No matter what else is showing or not showing, all pigeons will have two alleles for this gene.They could be barless, bar, check, t-check, with barless being most recessive.
What is a base color?
There are three base colors in pigeons: Ash Red being most dominant, wild type (blue) and Brown being most recessive.Every pigeon, no matter what else is showing or not, have two alleles for this gene.
This is sex linked so hens only need one copy of the base color versus two for cock birds.
What's a modifier?
Modifiers are everything else! Indigo, Opal, Reduced, Recessive opal, are all modifiers that will change the base color of the bird.
What is dilute?
Dilute is, as the word implies, not the intense version of a base color. So Ash Red becomes Ash Yellow, Blue becomes Silver and Brown becomes Khaki. This is also sex linked so any hen will be dilute if the gene is present, but cocks will need two copies of dilute to express.
What is spread?
Spread is a separate gene that will make a blue pigeon look black. it will take the color of the tail bar and put it all over the bird.
What is Recessive red/Recessive Yellow?
Recessive Red/Yellow is epistatic to everything else, meaning it covers patterns and other colors, including base colors and modifiers. Recessive red pigeon could be Ash red, blue or brown underneath. Recessive yellow could be Ash yellow, silver or khaki. This is unrelated to spread and a bird can also be spread under this.
We got in to more fun colors in the late 90s from Tom Barnhart. From him we ended up getting Cream bar, Qualmond, blue barless, indigo bar, indigo barless, and opal bar. From these beginnings, mated to the flying birds i adored, we started on our journey to breed barless birds in all these modifiers and colors.
Barless: This is really the most recessive pattern and the hardest to get as its such a rare and recessive trait. We currently have barless in Ash Red, Ash Yellow, Blue, Silver, Brown, Khaki, Opal (on blue), Indigo (on blue), and looking to add recessive opal (on blue), reduced ( on blue) and rubella (on blue) to the mix.
Reduced: We have long adored this modifier and had it in our flying rollers to some extent. we finally were able to aquire some birds in 2021 that produced our first reduced young birds for us! These birds fly and perform well and we can't wait to see what we do with them in 2022. We have about 6 pair planned for this modifer in bar, check and spread.
Rubella: We got our first rubella from Chris at Northernlights and Steven Ly, who both got their birds from Europe. Steven has particularly worked with the flying side of it and has had great success in a short time with this modifier in his loft. We are grateful to be using 5 pair this year to produce this in bar, check and spread.
Recessive Opal: I purchased some birds from Tom Barnhart that carried Recessive Opal. in the first clutch both babies were recessive opal! I was hooked. So i got a few more carriers and then a pair of recessive opal spread from Steven Ly. I will have 4 pair to breed from this year and should produce them in bar, check, and spread.