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Lavender and Buff Parents but black chicks?

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Lavender Orpington Roo / (12) Buff Orpington Hen eggs, (3) barred rock Hen eggs

All babies basicly came out black??????? Just now, at 2 weeks old there are 2 that are showing some orange coloring on the back. Any ideas???

First Time Chicken Chick, learning as I go. So far, So good

A nice mix of about 25 ladies and 1 rotten Lavender Rooster

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First Time Chicken Chick, learning as I go. So far, So good

A nice mix of about 25 ladies and 1 rotten Lavender Rooster

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Lavender is a recessive gene that takes two copies to express. All the chicks are carrying a Lavender gene. If bred to another carrier or Lavender, you have a chance for lavender.

 

ETA: Lavender are basically black birds, with two lavender dilute genes.


Edited by junebuggena - 12/6/15 at 7:07pm
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