Heheh.. Burgundy colored chicken. Is it possible?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Moochie, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the color on a rouen drake's chest, that purpley-red burgundy. In the sun it looks ahhhmazing! If I wanted to work on a project to produce this color, where would I even start?
    That burgundy on a chicken.. Ohh gosh! <3 Roos and hens would both look extra pretty. It's a thought in my head right now. Should it be a bantam color or LF? Or both?
    Is anyone else trying to produce a "purple" chicken? I would love to read anything related and see pictures!
    Let's focus on LF first.... What could I use for rooster and hen? I know it would take a long, long, long time, but it seems like something to look into for the future. If I have kids I could teach them the trade! And their kids and so on.
    Oooh they gotta be shiny! Shiny and elegant. I can see single combed burgundies. Light pinkish colored legs, or slate colored. Black eyes or golden yellow? Green eyes.. [​IMG]

    Any input at all would be great! Even bad input.. Haha it's totally fine!
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    True heritage Rhode Island Reds ? ---




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    Gary Ramey's birds

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    Red Sussex or Red Orpingtons (pink legs too)

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    Is that what you're looking for?
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Although I have no idea what in the world your trying to accomplish or why, but The LF Buckeye has a real nice dark mahogany color. It sounds like you plan to just cross two birds and wa-la a new magic color. I hate to be a party pooper but you gotta put in a little more thought into it. [​IMG]
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I never realized how dark RIR are. I'm used to seeing them lighter red.
    A few days ago I was at the fair and they had the darker ones.
    Absolutely stunning, beautiful birds, just jaw dropping.
    I've been thinking about them the last couple days.

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  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    RIR are supposed to be as dark as shown, but, thanks to hatcheries and production demands, we've bred them to be small, light red to orange, and non-broody laying machines.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:You beat me to the punch LOL and took the words right out of my mouth [​IMG] nothing left to say but your right on the money........ evil Hatcheries.
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Well, they aren't evil though.
     
  8. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm seeing too much brown in there. Not the color I'm looking for BUT it would be a good breed to start from! The shinyness is good but I would want the body to stand a little more upright.. Hmm I should with bantams after all, I don't see alot of upright LF roosters. The tail feathers would look a bit more uppity too. (Remember this is all in my head! [​IMG] ) Eh I should focus of the color not the body. As for hens not thaat shiny, the texture would look soft in the shade and have a slight hint of shiny in the sun. Someone said on another thread "purple" turkens. That would look awesome!
    On these reds, you can see the red very clearly. (I have to call it purple burgundy now) On the purple burgundys I can see the bird looking almost black, but in the sun they have a purple tint. This sounds complicated I know, it's still very complicated for me! [​IMG]
     
  9. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's exactly what I'm planning to do! It's going to take more than two birds though! I'm not planning to make money off of them, my mutts are mine. [​IMG] It's a plan for the future and a dream chicken.
    I was gonna go for a pinkish red chicken but that's wayy off on the reality meter for me, unless a 1 in a million mutation happened which caused pink-red feather color to appear.
     
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  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:My bantam RIR is currrently broody. She's also that nice dark mahogany, and from exhibition lines, not production/hatchery.

    All that said, mahogany is not purplish. I know that in general the standard considers a purple (vs green) sheen an undesirable defect, but for this breeder's project, seeking out majogany birds with a purplish sheen might be the best route to the goal. I've read that feed makes a difference in the colour of the sheen, and I've also read that it does not.
     

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