lavender or blue? americanas

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hoppy, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I have 2 americanas that I bought as hatching eggs. the breeder was raising blues and lavenders at the time.
    I hatched blacks and these 2 blues but they are not the same color blue, one is dark, one lighter. could my lighter one be lavender? or the darker one is just covering up something under the blue that makes her darker? also the darker blue one has a stray feather here and there that is black, just totally out of place and a single feather almost like a splash.

    I have pictures but at this time my computer is being fussy.
     
  2. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that the individual Blue color can vary in shades. I have seen some Blues that are so dark they look Black. It is my "understanding" don't quote me on this, that the Lavender gene is "self-blue" so it is recessive and it has to have two copies for it to be expressed. Most people cross Lavenders with Black birds to produce Splits if they are trying to increase the color in their flock. Your lighter bird may in fact be a splash with those mixed colored feathers.
     
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  3. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:it's the darker blue bird that has the stray black feathers, not the light one.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Blues vary.

    If you had a lavender, you'd know.
     
  5. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry apparently I can't read today! [​IMG]

    It could just be a variation in the Blues like Mahonri said. Have you Googled Lavender Ameracaunas to compare them to yours?
     
  6. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:Sorry apparently I can't read today! [​IMG]

    It could just be a variation in the Blues like Mahonri said. Have you Googled Lavender Ameracaunas to compare them to yours?

    no, that would be too easy.
    gone to do that right now.
     
  7. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I've looked, could be lavender still not sure for the lighter one. I'll post a picture later after I restart my computer, sometime that fixed the upload problem.
     
  8. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    ok, restarted the computer so here is a picture.
    see in the backround on the left and the right are the 2 hens in question.
    in the 2nd picture, the hen in front is the lighter one. (notice the stray black feathers on the darker one)
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  9. call ducks

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    Quote:i sure they are Blues
     
  10. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:i sure they are Blues

    could that dark one actually be a splash not a blue with the dark black stray feathers?
     

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