Mottled Brahma?

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Purchased some chicks from Carolina Rare Chicks. The different varieties of Brahmas were labeled by leg band, but from day one this one didn't look black like it was supposed to be. It's coloring looked like a Light Brahma chick, but then he started getting in the black feathers, so I dismissed my confusion. Now, he is getting in many more white juvenile feathers and on his chest the feathers seem to be white tipped, very similar to the way my Mottled Javas feathered in. What are mottled genetics? I understand that two split parents could throw mottled chicks, but from a breeder that doesn't breed mottled, this seems odd. Does he just have an abundance of white juvenile plumage? What's the difference between leakage and actually being mottled? Sorry, I'm just curious as to what he will turn out like. (Last picture is of another Black Brahma for plumage comparison)
 

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So I thought I'd update! He ended up being black like he was supposed to be! He grew out of the mottling. He does have a greyish tinge though, more so than other black breeds so I thought perhaps he isn't dominant black (if that's the right terminology.) He finally got the beetle green tinge too, so maybe his chick down was unusual!
 

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