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Odd colored Blue Orpington?

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Has anyone seen a blue with red splash or do I just have a mutt..lol? I attached photos of one we hatched this spring. The father was a Lavender and the mother was Blue. Wondering if anyone has seen a Blue like her. Thanks!!

 

 

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she is gorgeous!

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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Looks like a Cockerel. That might explain odd coloring, but I wouldn't know
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That is a cockerel, is has saddle (shinny pointed feathers) near the tail, as well as rounded tail feathers.

 

That doesn't explain the odd coloration though. Perhaps you have a crossbreed, or just a genetic goof up. It happens. 

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Doesn't lavender dilute red/gold? If I'm remembering correctly and that's right, the lavender parent would explain the red leakage (not too mention that blue can be a leaky color in general).

It's definitely a cockerel.
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Originally Posted by howfunkyisurchicken View Post

Doesn't lavender dilute red/gold? If I'm remembering correctly and that's right, the lavender parent would explain the red leakage (not too mention that blue can be a leaky color in general).

It's definitely a cockerel.

Thank you! I will look into that! And it's a hen just bad photo angle.. Are blues and blacks seem to always get longer feathers than are lavs.
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Sorry, that is absolutely a cockerel. A hen will never, ever be colored like that. That vibrant red pattern is a male trait. Your parent birds are carrying genes for red leakage, that's what this is. The leakage on a pullet would be in the collar/chest area ( think like a black sex link is marked). 

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post #8 of 8
cockerel - love his coloring

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