Blue Ameraucana looks Chocolate

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChelsisChooks, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. ChelsisChooks

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    90683660-0E2D-4294-9E95-3B25729B1A30.jpeg E32AAF8D-65BA-4F4F-A828-74143F939BA9.jpeg 995E324F-5BF5-4D22-8CAC-47BCE831DABE.jpeg These birds belong to a friend of mine. This one hen and one Roo in her Blue Ameraucana flock look very brown/chocolate. Both are older birds and she said have gone more brown in tone as they aged. Thoughts?
     
  2. ChelsisChooks

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  3. CountryFlock

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    I’ve only had 1 blue ameraucana and it was a rooster. I did notice that he seemed kinda brownish or chocolatey.

    My guess would be that since blue acts as a black diluter (dun, chocolate acts as one too) that it may also affect the dilution of black to also appear brown/chocolate. This might be true on certain types of feathering like hackle.

    I think someone who ownes a lot of blue ameraucanas can help with this.
     
  4. ChelsisChooks

    ChelsisChooks Chirping

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    I understand that it would be totally different genes at work.
     
  5. CountryFlock

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    Yeah completely different genes but as a black diluter their jobs are very similar
     
  6. Brahma Chicken5000

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  7. HuffleClaw

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    It happens with age. Same thing happened to my blue Orpingtons. They are still considered blue though.
     

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