Blue / Gray / Lavender ...difference?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BlackBart, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    What is the difference between blue, gray or lavender? I can't tell the difference except for shades of gray.

    I went to see somebody's Lavender Orpingtons, expecting to see lavender colored birds ([​IMG]) and I saw what I would call light gray.

    I searched but couldn't find a description. Or is the shades of gray the difference? or is it more complicated?
     
  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Lavender and blue are completely different. As for gray- I've always assumed ti's just another name for blue, but in the context of breeds other than the usual orps, cochins, & the like. I could be wrong about that part though.

    Lavender birds are a uniform color. They are very light.

    Blue should be "laced" and can very in it's darkness. Blue roosters are usually really dark on top when they mature.

    Beside that- lav & blue are different color genes.
     
  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Also- lavender will breed true, as blue (andalusian) will give you blue, black & splash.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Also, lavender goes by several different names. In the US, the recognised variety is called self-blue. Parts of Europe (Britain?) call it pearl grey. And self-blue is not necessarily lavender in other parts of the world.

    Grey is entirely different than either of these. It is a patterned bird. It is multiple-laced partridge with silver instead of gold. It is exactly the same as silver partridge.
     

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