Lavender x Buff Orpington cross

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by miasria, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. miasria

    miasria Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an unusual situation. I have baby chicks that are hatching right now! I had a lavender rooster with my buff Orpington hens. About a month ago my dog killed my rooster. I have no other roosters. I was going to wait and hatch some baby chicks later on in the year but things changed when I lost my rooster. I was wanting to get some lavenders.

    I started collecting eggs to incubate. It's been about a month and some of my hen's eggs are still fertile. I am amazed by this.

    I came home to a lot of peeps in my incubator. I peeped inside and they are all dark colored. I didn't expect this. I was expecting yellows with a recessive lavender gene.

    Anyone out there who can help me understand? Thanks!
     
  2. miasria

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    Here is a picture of what they are looking like. A dark brown.
     
  3. Lil Go Peep

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    I came across another thread for you to help with this - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...vender-orpington-roo-and-a-buff-orpington-hen

    I know Lavender changes different color pigments to other colors - didnt realize that a LAV and Buff would produce that color tho - I'd LOVE to see what they look like when they get bigger, if you can keep posted on this - I may do this project later for coloring. Right now I'm working on a LAV & red cochin crossing.... hatching a 3rd gen set now.

    Here's my Rooster from Daddy (Red Cochin) & Momma (Lavender Orpington)
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    Generally they end up Splits - I had 3 just black ones, 2 this color and 4 with red and different markings... but this color is what I was looking for - He's put with Lavender hens and these are the ones I'm currently hatching
     
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    Here they are!
     
  5. miasria

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    Thank you for your reply. That site led me to the chicken page. Their calculations is what I have. 50/50


    50% Pullets, black unicolor?*E*Db
    50% Cockerels, black unicolor?*E*Db
     
  6. miasria

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    There goes any desire I had to have some lavenders. Based on the calculations, these black chicks will only produce black.
     
  7. miasria

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    But mine look like black, gold laced from the images I've seen on the net. This is my first time for breeding my own chicks. I will upload pictures on their development.
     
  8. Lil Go Peep

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    You'll know more probably when they get older on what they will look like
     
  9. miasria

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    Your rooster is quite handsome. I hope I get one like yours.
     
  10. Lil Go Peep

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    Thank you - that's Maverick - He wound up very pretty, tho his one brother was actually prettier and bigger I had to keep him- his brother came out with extra toes from the father - my goal is the color change in the Cochins - my original plan was going to take 5 gens based on the calculator- but I pulled the color on the 2nd gen rooster - so I maybe able to get what I want sooner- but we'll see- chicken genetics can pop out multiple things with each chick - just have to hatch enough-

    Roosters I found while working the calculator are Key to a lot of characteristics later on - I couldn't achieve what I wanted without the rooster having the desired traits
     

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