Leakage or Mix-up...

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by BarnAucanaMomma, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. BarnAucanaMomma

    BarnAucanaMomma Hatching

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    Recently, I bought Ameraucanna chicks between 1 and 4 days old. 3 of those who remain(always gonna lose some, sadly,) were sold as Lavender/Self-Blue. Now that they're starting the get their feathers, I have concerns. For the most part, they look white so far. But some of the feathers have streaks or splotches of blue or faded black, one more than the other two. Said one had a whole feather that is dark blue, nearly black. I have two Blue Splash EEs, so I'm well aware of what Slash looks like, but I'm HOPING that there was not a mix-up of some sort and that it is only leakage, which I find oddly satisfying.
    My questions are, a) Do/Can Lavenders start out extremely pale/white and darken with age, and b) Would/Can black leakage look more like blue splash?
     
  2. RowanTheRed

    RowanTheRed Songster

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    I have a lavender and a splash. As baby chicks, they looked nearly identical. However once they started to feather it was easy to tell one was a splash. My lavender never had any "spots" or dark feathers. And he was not white to begin with. Sounds as though you might have gotten some splash by accident.

    Here is the lavender as a chick just getting feathers
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  3. BarnAucanaMomma

    BarnAucanaMomma Hatching

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    Looks about the same stage mine are at, with the same lavendery down, but definitely not the same color feathers! While I'm not mad about getting splashes, I am rather upset that it seems I didn't get what I paid for. Thank you for the help!
     
  4. RowanTheRed

    RowanTheRed Songster

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    Glad I could help. Sorry you didn't get what you ordered though.
     

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