Genetics question - blue chick with red spot on head

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by ag29ande, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. ag29ande

    ag29ande Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to run a test hatch for fertility - currently have BBS and chocolate Orpington hens in with a blue, black, and lavender cockerel... From my hatch one of the chicks from the Orpington pen is blue with a red dot on its head .... Is this leakage? Odd recessive gene popping up? This is the first time I've had this pop up! :/
     
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Looks like tic is missing chick down there. Have the other chicks been pecking it on the head?
    Best,
    Karen
     
  3. ag29ande

    ag29ande Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought at first when I looked at them, but rest assured it's actually red in color.
     
  4. Wappoke

    Wappoke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just a wild guess but could be a dark brown restricted chick. Normally the red will show on the face.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you have any barred birds? Some of those chicks have pretty clear head spots.
     
  6. ag29ande

    ag29ande Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No barred birds. The yellow chick and one of the black chicks are from an east Egger hen, the other 4 hatched from my Orpington pen.
     

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