Hatched a black chick when the parents aren't?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AtlantisPeeps, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Songster

    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 don't even have any black chickens! 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. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    A lavender bird is really a black bird with a recessive dilution gene. You need to breed a lavender to another lavender or to a black split to lavender to get the lavender color. With anything else, the chicks can be black.

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