I was hoping someone here could tell me a little bit more information on some things. I am new to Lavender Orpingtons although not really that new to chickens. I had a mixed flock before of good egg layers but when I got my new coop and run, I decided to settle on one breed and hatch some eggs and raise some chicks to sell. I wanted something that wasn't just a pretty face, but could hold it's own in the egg laying department and was kid-friendly as well so I went with the Lavender Orpington. I have a dozen eggs in the bator right now that I picked up from a local lady but when I went to pay for them, she told me to just take them because some of hers were hatching and they looked buff. Well I've done a bit of reading and have seen that a Lav bred to a Lav should produce 100% Lavs. I think they were only day olds or so, so maybe they just appeared buff to her? But all the pics I've seen have clearly looked lavender. So question #1 is:
Do your chicks appear to be buff when hatched sometimes?
I also picked up a trio at a small animal auction a couple weeks ago. One of the hens appear to be older but she's still laying daily. When comparing them to the first pics in the thread, I noticed a few things, a few differences. I'm new to breed standards for chickens and I know that Lav. Orps. aren't an APA recognized breed yet but certainly there are some breed standards to strive towards. One thing I noticed was that a lot of birds pictured have black/dark eyes. Mine have a light brown. Is one preferred over the other? Also, my birds have deep, bright red combs and I've seen others with much paler combs. Just differences or is one preferred over the other? So question #2 is:
What breed standards do you find most important for LO's?
I've included a pic of my birds for a little more information! Thanks guys!