am I colorblind? Is the color off on my moniter?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cottagechick, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I am new to chickens, and so haven't seen many of these breeds or colors up close and personal yet. Some of the colors like blue, lavender, violet....they all look like shades of gray to me. Do they really look blue lavender and violet in person or is that just a fancy name for different shades of gray?
  2. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    They're all pretty much a gray color, varying shades and intensities.

    But, the color is in the eye of the beholder- what you and I might see as gray someone else might see as a vibrant blue. [​IMG]

    ETA: Wanted to add... the reason they seem like varying shades of gray is because they're all just dilutions of the color Black.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  3. slurrywidow

    slurrywidow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2010
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I have a lavender ameraucana and while she's so lovely, she's pretty much just gray to me. [​IMG]
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Yep, I've got a lot of 'blue' chickens and they are all grey.

    I would like a real blue one, though.
  5. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    Cottage Grove, Oregon seems like good marketing to me...would you rather have a light gray chicken or a LAHVAHNDAAR chicken? Hmmm....are there any breeds that have any real blue like blue jay or budgie blue?? It seems like they are all variations of white, black or red...pretty much sum it up?
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    I've seen bright blue, pink and green chicks years ago....coated with food colorant....seemed pretty cruel to me.
  7. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    Quote:Self Blue is different then Blue.

    IMO there is no way we could ever have an actual blue chicken, as the gene does not exist in chickens (at least i think). There is a gene in ducks that is a blue gene. I am not certain at this point what gene it is.
  8. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Quote:LOL, that gave me a chuckle LAHVAHNDAAR--have been watching too many Jeff Dunham videos lately and I could just see 'peanut' saying that, lol.
  9. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    Blue, and lavender, are genes that cause a dilution of the black color in chickens. Therefor, they really are just shades of grey. Kind of like how they have "blue" and "lilac" colors in cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. It's not the bright colors but rather a shade of grey with a hint of that hue. However, pictures really do have a hard time capturing the true color. I really didn't think lavender was all that pretty a color when all I had to see of it was pictures here on BYC. But once I went to a show and saw actual lavender chickens I do have to say that it is quite pretty and none of the pictures I've seen do it justice at all. Yes, they're "just" grey chickens, but they really do have a hint of purple to them in real life.
  10. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    I tend to look at it like they were flowers. Blue flowers (like petunias, daylillies,pansies)don't really exist, but the ones that come the closest are differant and beautiful.

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