How in the world did these chicks have these colors?

DancingDucks

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Well about 3 1/2 weeks ago, we had two Cochin mixes hatch. Both were white with slight black markings on the wings. Well today I just got back from a mini vacation for Thanksgiving which I was on for only a week, and found these two have gotten what looks like Lavender or splash! I’m extremely confused as the presumed father is a white tailed red Cochin x Polish/leghorn mix, while the mother is a black Cochin. The father of the father is a birchen pseudo white with buff leakage. I’m assuming the black Cochin mother must carry some kind of blue/splash/lavender gene, but haven’t a clue!
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The first (pics 1-3) are of one that I’m holding off on sexing since Cochins tend to be early bloomers, and the second (4-6) I am already 98% sure is a pullet. Both are keepers no matter the sex

Here is mother, father, and grandfather
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(Extreme molt pic from earlier this fall)

I am nearly positive the white tailed red Cochin x is the dad since he was all over the hen when I took the eggs, but there is two other possible fathers. A black frizzle Cochin (obviously not the dad) and a silver laced Sebright cockerel.

How do you think the lavender/splash chicks got their colors? Are they even lav/splash at all?
 

The Kooky Kiwi

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Not that I'm any expert.. but that looks like splash to me. Given the parents you showed though I can't explain how you'd get splash from them ..

Unless the mom is actually a very dark blue?
And the dad would also have to be blue or splash..
 

DancingDucks

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Not that I'm any expert.. but that looks like splash to me. Given the parents you showed though I can't explain how you'd get splash from them ..

Unless the mom is actually a very dark blue?
And the dad would also have to be blue or splash..
I agree. I haven’t a clue how they got these colors. Mom is a black as when I breed her with a white roo, we only get black / whites
 

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