So, back in 2009 I bought this Orangebelly male because he had a really unique look to him:
But all of the Orangebellies he produced never looked quite like him, as can be seen by this picture of two Orangebellies that he produced (they don’t have the same blushing or color):
I don’t have the original 2009 male Orangebelly any more, however when I bred a male Orangebelly that he sired to a female Orangebelly that he sired and to a Hypo het Pied, I got these babies:
The big female in the upper right was produced from a female Orangebelly sired by the original 2009 male Orangebelly and I think might be the recessive gene all by itself. She was produced in 2015. The female in the upper left was produced by the same pairing in 2017, and I think might be Orangebelly plus the recessive gene. The female in the bottom middle was produced by the same male, but to a Hypo het Pied.
This picture shows the possible Orangebelly plus next to the Orangebelly het Hypo possible het Pied:
This season, I have been breeding the male Orangebelly sired by the original 2009 male Orangebelly to a female Orangebelly sired by the original 2009 male Orangebelly and to the possible recessive gene female, so I hope to have more answers.
What do you guys think?
Is there a recessive gene at play here?