Some times in life you have a happy accident. When I first started the Erminette project, there were a lot of things going on genetically within the initial group of birds. In an effort to find the right genetic combination, I tried a number of different breeding pairings. From one of those experimental pairings I hatched out a blue pullet and a blue cockerel. The blue pullet didn’t develop very well, but the blue cockerel was magnificent! He had nice size, great type and body capacity, plus his blue plumage was striking.
He was a unique and interesting bird, he just didn’t fit into my Erminette project. Not really sure what to do with him, he spent the next year growing up and filling out in the bachelor coops..
In 2017, with a little extra room in the incubator, we did some test mating with him. We paired him with some high quality solid black Erminette pullets. The results were promising. In 2018, we took it further hatching nearly 200 chicks from both blue and black girls.
Today we have a couple of breeding pens of uniquely colored, highly productive, Blue Erminettes to offer. In addition to being beautiful, these birds are excellent layers of large, light brown eggs.
Like the Erminette pattern, the blue plumage coloring does not breed true. When you pair two blue colored birds you get the blue/black/splash result. 50% of the chicks will be blue, 25% of the chicks will be black and 25% of the chicks will be a light blue/gray (splash) color.