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I have what looks like a crele orpington hen in with my lavender orpington rooster. I hatched one of her eggs and its a black chick. What's going on there? Could the crele have been split for black? Now what would the chick be split for?
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Lavender is a black chicken with the black diluted to lavender.  what a sentence..

 

keeping it real simple here...  black is dominant over non- black.

 

so what you did was technically a black roo over a non- black hen.  Black chicks are to be expected as a result of black being dominant.

 

Also this is a sex linked pairing- crele is very very widely used name for  barring over non-black chickens.  Barring is a sex linked gene so from this you can tell the sex right away from hatch- males with white spot on top of head, girls without it.  

 

They will grow up to show variable amount of coloring on their necks/breasts plus on backs of the roosters.   The roosters will also have barring however it may be sparse and variable.

 

Also all chicks will be carriers(split) for lavender.

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So an update on the black chick I hatched. It's starting to get some brown on its wing feathers. I wasn't expecting it to just be a black fluff ball when it hatched I guess. Also, out of the 10 I've hatched since then, only one has a white dot on its head. That means I only have one male, right?
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So an update on the black chick I hatched. It's starting to get some brown on its wing feathers. I wasn't expecting it to just be a black fluff ball when it hatched I guess. Also, out of the 10 I've hatched since then, only one has a white dot on its head. That means I only have one male, right?

Yes all the males should have a white or cream patch on the top of the head. The size of the patch can vary. 90 % female is unusual but possible.

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