Hatched a black chick when neither of the parents are???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AtlantisPeeps, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2014
    So this chick hatched today. The mother is a lavender Orpington, Diva(I saw it come out of her rear so I'm 100% sure) and the father is a red sex link (I'm also 100% sure because he's my only rooster). It came out dark grey or black??????? With a white underbelly and white wing tip????? I hatched two other eggs from Diva and the babies are almost white with a few black dots. I don't understand? Can someone enlighten me?

    Here's the chick in question-

    Here's one of the siblings (same parents, and the third sibling looks like this one as well. White-ish with 3 black dots on the back and head)
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Lavender is a recessive gene of black, and usually breeding it to other colors results in black offspring, hence your black chick... red sexlinks are created using a white/silver parent and a red/gold parent so he would be carrying white, hence your mostly white chicks...

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