Haha, not intentionally, but that's usually how it works out!Are you one those that goes for the negative and hoping to be pleasantly surprised later?
I had one group of whites that if the peeps hatched out grey, I knew they were males. For some reason the double silver gene only showed up in the boys.
Who would be more apt to pass down the lighter blue color? The male or the female? Or does it matter which is the lighter shade?
I sure don't see the comb with chocolate baby 2 from the side like I can on the other two.
Genetically, I don't think it matters whether the lighter Blue is a male or a female for the purposes of passing that trait on. I do think a male would be more beneficial overall, however. A male would be passing those genes to all the chicks produced from the flock he leads, whereas a hen would only be passing it through her own eggs and the other hens' eggs from that flock would not have any means of receiving those genes. That's my point of view on it anyway. I can be selective and try to hatch only from the lighter Blue if she is a pullet, but that does limit how many I can hatch to the number she lays in a given time versus the number that a few hens would lay in the same amount of time.
That said, if she is a male, that only leaves me with three silkieds that I'm sure are female and not many left beyond that that could also end up as females, so that would be a bit unfortunate. 😅 Three females would be enough to make a flock with him, I suppose, but ideally I'd like enough that I can be a bit more choosy about who goes into the breeding program and who doesn't. A couple extra pullets to add to Gus's flock would be nice as well.
I do hope that Choco 2 is a girl, if only because that will give me one less cockerel to worry about. She'd go into my mixed flock, not any of the breeding flocks, though.