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Can anyone explain "Color Leakage"? (re: Salmon Faverolles)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Aeropennchick, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope this is the right place for this topic!

    I just got a pair of salmon faverolles - pullet and roo. There were two pullets to choose from, a very light colored one, and this darker one with the blueish coloring at the base of the feathers. I am partial to the blue coloring, so I liked that right away, and this chick seemed more docile when I picked her up, so she got to come home with me.

    I came across a post that said something about color leakage, and the chicken had coloring kind of like mine. Can anyone explain to me what this is??? I found it mentioned in several threads but no real explanation.

    Here's my girl - no name yet!

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    Thanks!!
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    That isn't leakage, it's just the typical grey underfluff of a salmon Fav pullet.
     
  3. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I guess maybe the other post I saw was a bit misleading then, because the SF looked very similar to mine. I still have no idea what is meant by "color leakage"!
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    This is an example of leakage - red in the hackles and wingbow

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    Are yours bantams? The pullet you didn't choose, did she have all white underfluff?
     
  5. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, so it's like a color popping up that isn't really supposed to be there? Like part of a phenotype making an appearance I suppose - maybe something to do with more than one dominant coloring gene?

    The pullet I didn't choose did seem very light overall, light light salmon back and streaked head, white face and chest. Very nice looking, really. But she seemed afraid of me, and was a good deal smaller, probably a week or so younger than the male I chose.
     
  6. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and they are standards
     
  7. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    You shoulda got both pullets... This one you have is pretty. There is such a thing as blue salmon also.
     
  8. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know! I wanted to get both SF pullets and a second blue orpington also, but I think DH is about to kill me as it is! Started off with six and will be up to 21 by August. That's after I increased my July 30th order from 8, to 9, and then finally 10 pullets. At least I refused the free chick!
     

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