As a newbie to the world of chickens, I must confess many of the names for colors I find confusing. And even after looking at many photos on-line, I still am not sure that I understand what colors are called. Some photos show examples called buff and gold and red, yet look almost identical in coloring. I understand that the colors are related, but where is the line drawn between each color group? My buff cochins are a golden yellow, but my gold laced Polish are almost orange in color. Is there a "paint chip" chart you can purchase in order to know what to call your birds? And often it is confusing what is a pattern and what is a color. "Lace", as I understand it, is a pattern and usually the color in the name relates to the color inside the lacing ie Silver Laced (white inside, black edging), Gold laced (gold inside, black edging), but how do you denote the outside lacing color? For example, Buff lace has white feather edging. Is there any standardization to the nomenclature? And the blues & lilacs are even more confusing. I have several Polish with pale blue inside and dark blue edging (not quite black). Is this a blue laced? And would that mean the edge should be black on the lacing? So the "dirty" blue color is really just poor quality black? I have a cochin hen who is pale blue with splashes of black. Is she a Lilac Splash? A Blue Splash? Just a mutt? What is the best resource - with pictures - to learn about colors and patterns from? I have read the descriptions from many of the breed clubs, but without good color photos it is hard to really understand the distinctions. Thank you for all of your advice and help!