Hey everyone, i need some advice. This is Bandit. He's the best looking boy of the 3 that i hatched from shipped eggs. I know that's not a great picture but you can see his shape anyway. These ameraucanas are all possible lavender splits. The question i have is in twists to his hackles. He had silver-ish "highlights" in them that i just recently noticed. What's is that from our what causes it? Is he ok to breed or should i chose one of the other boys who don't look as good. One has a weird looking comb where the middle row is 3 times longer than than the other two rows making it look like a straight comb in the middle. The other has a bad looking tail. Here are pictures of the highlights.
ETA: it's just the silver looking spots. That list picture looks like he has blonde on his head but that's just light reflecting on his feathers.
That is leakage . Said to be not enough melanizers present . So how did it happen ? Well lavender males look silvery in the neck and saddle . So silver leakage is really hard to spot on lavender .
Shows up when crossed to black . So a black/lavender male with no leakage is very useful in breeding lavenders without leakage .