If she came from BBS eggs, she's light blue. To get lavender, you'd have to have gotten her from two self-blue parents or a lav and split black (I'm not good with this lav gene-someone correct me if that's wrong)
Jess, how are Hawkeye's grandchicks? Gee, they're grown now, aren't they?
Thanks for the quick responses! Ok, so that means that she cannot be a Lavender. If I put her under a black rooster will she throw darker chicks with lacing?
Cynthia! They are all doing just fine! We have tried about a bazillion times to get good shots of them but they are so darned active that the pics all come out fuzzy! I will post what we have of them once I get the pics uploaded. Look for it in a new thread...
Aww, those Hawkeye babies are so adorable. I love the pic of the 2 pullets face to face, like they're giving a peck (kiss).
I do believe if you breed her to black you'll improve her lacing and should produce darker blue offspring. She is just a more diluted blue than the darker ones. I like both ends of the spectrum on blues. The light ones are just as gorgeous as the dark ones with beautiful lacing.
This bird demonstrates why I do not like to breed blue to blue. I find it really diminishes the lacing and blue ameraucanas are supposed to have good lacing and it is pretty hard to come by.
I have been breeding blue on blue though all summer as I have found that people want splash birds. I have either sold or given away all the resulting blue chicks as I would rather not use them in my breeding program since I have better laced birds already.
I will have a splash only pen next spring and won't have to worry about it. woo hoo!!!
And, yes, in my experience with ameraucanas I believe depending on the genetics black to blue produces better lacing.