The introduction of new color genes into the breed is often difficult do to the complex structure of the Fantail. Several EFC members have taken to the task of introducing or improving these rare colors. The process of crossbreeding a Fantail to another breed for a particular color may take many years to return to the quality of the original Fantail used. The following are some of the projects in development.
Ice is a color that several breeders have tried to tackle. It differs from Powder Blue in that it produces the crisp icy white body color with black bars. This color is very complicated with multiple genes required to produce the correct coloration. Shown here is a blue Ice but the gene could be bred in combination with either Ash Red or Brown and could be combined with a multitude of modifiers such as grizzle, indigo, etc.
Oriental frill stencil could be considered the holy grail of color genetics in pigeons. This color has been in development for nearly 15 years. It can be bred in various patterns such as lace tail or spot tail in base colors of black or brown along with recessive red. Frill stencil is very complicated consisting of a recessive autosomal gene along with the 3 toy stencil genes to produce the full expression.
Dominant Opal is relatively easy to work with being just a simple autosomal dominant. Dom. Opal produces the soft bleaching of the body color along with buff to white pattern areas. Most any modifier works well with Od such as spread, milky, dilute, reduced, grizzle, etc.
Toy Stencil consists of three genes which must all be homozygous in order to produce the very crisp clean white wing patterns. Toy stencil is also responsible for producing white bars and checks on black and other spread colors. The tail area is not affected.
Reduced is quickly becoming a color in demand. Because of this, the quality is quickly improving. Black reduced as shown here which is most commonly seen. Recessive red and blue bar and check versions are seen occasionally as well. Reduced is a single sex linked recessive gene but there is some hereditary problems associated with hens laying poor quality eggs which can affect hatchability.
Barless is a simple autosomal recessive gene that affects the pattern areas of the wing. It produces a clean shield area devoid of bars and checks. Blue, brown and Ash Red bases can be used along with many different modifiers for different effects. Good specimens are starting to appear in the show room.