Barred Splash? Unusual Barred Blue? Vitiligo? - Why is this Roo turning white?

CalicoMoonFarm

In the Brooder
Feb 10, 2020
7
21
26
KS, USA
Hello! I've got an interesting 11 month old Rooster that started off speckled dark gray, and has gradually gotten whiter and whiter as he's grown. He is a barnyard mix, so I know there's no SOP to compare him to, but I can't seem to find anything quite like him. I have photos of him as he's grown, with a few flock mates specifically labeled for color comparison.
I know he has at least one copy of splash and at least one copy of barring, that much is obvious. I want to know what do you think? Two copies of splash? Two copies of barring? Vitiligo? Something else? Lay down your experience and opinions, as well as examples for comparison if you have them!


How does this chick...
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...turn into this rooster???
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One day old (very distinct face speckles)
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2 weeks old (looks like a light blue but what are those face speckles about?)
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4 weeks old (the bleaching began on his face)
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6 weeks old (MUCH lighter now than what turned out to be a barred blue hen)
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7 weeks old (flight feathers still very blue)
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9 weeks old (hackles and saddle coming in light straw-colored, birchen?)
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11 weeks old (wings mostly white now)
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12 weeks old (some tail feathers starting to bleach out or blacken, as well as hackles bleaching right behind head)
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15 weeks old (see how much blue he still has in his tail?)
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11 months old (about 80 percent white now, hackles almost white, his left side has more color but his tail is predominantly white, under his wings is very light blue, butt fluff is silvery blue, white streaks and black streaks everywhere)
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This spring, either when somebody goes broody or I get an incubator, I'll be crossing him with a couple of solid black hens to sort out his barred/blue zygosities once and for all, as well as to see what kind of egg color genes he's got. It's fun to speculate in the meantime, though. Thank you in advance! :)
 

NatJ

Free Ranging
Mar 20, 2017
8,161
17,041
706
USA
Could he have mottling as well? Mottled birds often become more white with age.

Just from the adult picture, I would think he's splash (two copies of the blue gene), but the chick photo does NOT look like splash. So I argee he's puzzling!

You say he's a barnyard mix, but do you know anything about his parents?
 

CalicoMoonFarm

In the Brooder
Feb 10, 2020
7
21
26
KS, USA
Could he have mottling as well? Mottled birds often become more white with age.

Just from the adult picture, I would think he's splash (two copies of the blue gene), but the chick photo does NOT look like splash. So I argee he's puzzling!

You say he's a barnyard mix, but do you know anything about his parents?


The flock that my chicks came from consisted of Marans (Black Copper, Wheaten, and Birchen), easter eggers, Crested Cream Legbars, olive eggers, California Whites, Wyandottes (I don't know what color varieties), and I know the "big boss" rooster was a Blue Ameraucana. The lady also had Silkies but I avoided them, they aren't really my type. Nobody with mottling as far as I know. He's puzzled me from day one!

Edit to add: His name is Monet, can you guess why? 😂
 
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NatJ

Free Ranging
Mar 20, 2017
8,161
17,041
706
USA
The flock that my chicks came from consisted of Marans (Black Copper, Wheaten, and Birchen), easter eggers, Crested Cream Legbars, olive eggers, California Whites, Wyandottes (I don't know what color varieties), and I know the "big boss" rooster was a Blue Ameraucana. The lady also had Silkies but I avoided them, they aren't really my type. Nobody with mottling as far as I know. He's puzzled me from day one!

Edit to add: His name is Monet, can you guess why? 😂

That's quite the list! Yes, I can see why he's got you puzzled. I'm puzzled too :lol:
 

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