With my Araucana I've had issues with color bleed in roosters. I've gotten some nice birds from other breeders, only to have them pop all these red feathers as they reach maturity. Frustrating, to say the least. How well do hens hide bleed? It seems even with related birds, the females are thankfully free of color bleed, while the roosters are as red as red could be. However, if the girls are hiding the red, could be trouble. I just removed a rooster from my flock whom I adored. Large, double tufted, rumpless, a gorgeous shade of blue, excellent body posture, right feet color, etc. except he matured with so much red it looked like he was dipped in paint. Too much red to be workable. It would have been a nightmare. This lavender rooster of mine, he has red bleed that has been diluted to gold. I am going to use him, get a few black split to lavenders, but I worry about the red. I dearly love the color lavender, and he was the only successful lavender I acquired after so many lavender hatching egg purchases. You can see the gold on his wings mostly. I do have a big, black rooster who will be my man to hopefully clean up any bleed. He is jet black without any trace of bleed. Bred to a few tufted girls, and he could make some pretty awesome birds to work with. I also have another black rooster who is tufted, but has a scant amount of red in his 'tail' area (he is rumpless, so he doesn't truly have a tail).