Lavender and Buff Parents but black chicks?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by smcdermott, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2014
    Central Fl
    Lavender Orpington Roo / (12) Buff Orpington Hen eggs, (3) barred rock Hen eggs

    All babies basicly came out black??????? Just now, at 2 weeks old there are 2 that are showing some orange coloring on the back. Any ideas???
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Lavender is a recessive gene that takes two copies to express. All the chicks are carrying a Lavender gene. If bred to another carrier or Lavender, you have a chance for lavender.

    ETA: Lavender are basically black birds, with two lavender dilute genes.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
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