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Lavender and Buff Parents but black chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smcdermott, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Lavender is a recessive dilution gene. Think of Lavender as a coat of paint covering up a black bird underneath. Unless you are breeding Lav x Lav, you will not get offspring with any Lavender coloration. Lav x other color is, physically, going to be the same as breeding Black x other color. However, all offspring will carry Lavender; that means that if you bred them to another carrier (e.g. a sibling in this case) or another Lav (e.g. the father) they will produce between 25-75% Lavender offspring, depending on which breeding is used.

    (Lav) Black x most colors often results in Black or majority Black offspring, since Black (E/E typically) tends to be quite dominant. However, Buff puts up a lot of fight; expect to see the Lav/Buff cross birds with a lot of Buff on the head, neck, breast, with more and more black coming in on the back half of the bird.

    Lav male x Barred female is actually a Sex-Linked cross. Males will be heterozygous Barred (white dot on young chick's head) and females will be Black carrying Lav (no white dot on head).
     
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  3. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just traded my lavender rooster for a Splash Orpington. Does that have the same base black if it mates with my buffs?
     
  4. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will I only be able to mate him with my Splash Hen?
    I do also still have 2 Lavender hens.

    So sorry, the breeding is all new to me.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    He is not a good quality Splash, with all that gold/yellow leakage. He is Splash, so he's got two copies of the dominant Black/Blue/Splash gene. He will pass one copy to every single one of his chicks, making them Blue. Since he isn't solid splash, none of his chicks will be solid colored either.
    Lavender and BBS birds should not be bred together.
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


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  7. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So who can I breed him with? I have a splash hen, buff orpingtons, Lavender Orpingtons
     
  8. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the Splash Hen that I got from the same people to breed with him. I just both of them recently which is why they are both still in quarantine.
    I see some yellow in her also like you were talking about.
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  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    That's not a hen. That's a cockerel.
     
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What are your goals? What do you want to achieve with that rooster or those hens? Are you after show quality chickens or do you want something else?
     

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