Buff & Red Silkies with BLUE or Lavender feathers??? Ummm Help???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by GypsyChic, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. GypsyChic

    GypsyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a dark red roo I just bought a few weeks ago. Instead of having black feathers like most, this bird has blue tail feathers. I'll get pics tomorrow when rain stops, but in the mean time, does ANYONE know what this is classified as regarding COLOR, or is he just a freak of nature?? Would deeply appreciate anyones answers but if SUZE could chime in, that would be super [​IMG] Thanks again for any help.
     
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  2. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that off-colors in red or buff is a fault. I've also read that people will breed blue into their red birds so that the off colors are not so vibrant. So maybe your blue feathers are there on purpose?
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yes, it indicates that the bird carries a copy of blue. Without seeing the bird, I really cannot state an opinion on its variety, but if it is a red columbian (such as an RIR), then it could be called red blue columbian. Realize that while that is a genetic descriptor of a variety, I am pretty sure it is not a recognised variety.
     
  4. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome color! Definitely a bird to keep! You could breed it to red hens and get half with red tails and half with black.
     
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  5. GypsyChic

    GypsyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Cat and Suze...I will get pics today and post of his bum so you can see what I'm talking about. His color is a nice dark red/chestnut and then the blue in tail, and if I'm not mistaken, I believe he may have some bluish in his topknot/head feathers as well. What would happen if he were bred to blue or red girls?
     
  6. adkins90

    adkins90 Truly Obsessed...

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    I have been looking for Reds and can't find any. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,
    Michelle
     
  7. GypsyChic

    GypsyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know anyone who raises reds, pure reds that is. Surely someone will come along who can better direct you.

    Suze, I couldnt get any decent pics of the roo (he's a quick lil booger), but I took these of the blue buff (???) hens. Would you mind lending your knowledge and genetic input on these 2 girls? They are buff with blue or lavender heads and bums...is "blue-buff" the proper term? Also, how would I go about breeding them, a blue roo or pure buff roo?? The one hen is shown standing next to a dark blue hen. Hopefully that will give a better idea of the BLUE in both girls

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  8. GypsyChic

    GypsyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there not ANYONE who can help me with these birds colors, breeding, ect. out there? Surely someone will help me out??? Suze, can you please add some info? I would dearly appreciate it. If I'm to go forward with this program, I NEED HELP from the genetic experts out there. Hope to hear something from someone...please.

    Misty
     
  9. MeettheFlockers

    MeettheFlockers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have a really nice Red program but I won't have any started birds available until Spring. We are still hatching now but it's very slow.
     
  10. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are new to Silkie Chickens. Here is our Rooster...we love [​IMG]him
     

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