Does the mottled trait get 'washed out'?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shelleyd2008, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    It could just be that she's over a year old. With every molt, birds with some white feathers will get more and more, until they're almost all white usually.
     
  3. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:interestin!!!!


    That's a really pretty bird though I'd love to have mottleds like that (err or should i say molteds) LOL!

    That's as bad as Cortnix for (coturnix) LOL
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I have a blue mottle cochin what was supposed to be a pullet when I bought her a year ago. I have wondered (as have a couple of other knowledgeable poultry folks who saw her back then) if she was splash mottle rather than blue. She has molted twice and is almost completely white now. What mottling she has left is very small and only on her saddle and tail area.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    That's strange. The one pictured in this listing is definitely mottled, but she has a lot of white mottling on her. The seller says they have two that look like that.
    If yours is supposed to be blue, it could very well be splash. I am pretty sure that breeding blue to blue will give 25% splash, 25% black, and 50% blue, at least I think that's how it works! Good thing is that she should have all blue chicks! Lucky you!
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    mine is blue mottled or possibly splash mottled. There is definitely some mottling, but not as good a quality as I'd expected. I'll try to post a photo of her.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Here she is last March. She has less mottling there than when I purchased her in early November 2007, but far more than now.

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