My 2 lav keets PICS ADDED

melroseladi

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don't look that gray to me. Sophia brought them out of the igloo and they look a beigey grayish color. One is darker then the other. I tried getting pics but the color isn't coming out accurate.

Oh and when she brought the 5 out this morning I noticed there is a new pearl that is to small to get out of the dogloo that must have hatched yesterday.







 
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PeepsCA

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Lite Lavenders maybe? They are a shade or 2 lighter and do have a slight beige tint to the grey/sliver down.
 

melroseladi

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Quote:Thanks Peeps. I am going to keep trying to get some accurate pics. Sophia is being a bit "difficult" and freaking out with the chickens running around the pen. I have a small area pen set up so she could get out of the dogloo and stretch her legs a bit. I locked the chickens and other guineas out of the run for now hoping she calms down a bit.
 

PeepsCA

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Those look like Buff Dundottes to me... lighter one is a male, darker one is a female
Congrats... now you know you have Lavender and Buff Dundotte genes floatin around in your flock!
 

melroseladi

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Oh wow!


Okay so I want to keep them for breeding next season but would I have to get other guineas that are not part of my gene pool to breed them to? Oh man, first the incubator, and now finding out I have a colored gene pool. I think next season will be very, very busy for me, LOL.
 

PeepsCA

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Inbreeding is very common in most flocks, in all different kinds of poultry (in nature, and even in hatcheries, lol but they call it "line breeding"), and it doesn't usually become a problem until several generations have been breeding with each other. You don't know for sure if both of those 2 Buff Dundotte keets are from Sophia do you? And do you know if your entire flock is from the same 2 parent birds? IMO you are safe to let them all breed as they choose next year and you shouldn't see any problems with the hatches. If you have keets hatching with leg and/or genetic issues (that were not possibly caused by the incubation process), then you may want to bring in new genes to the flock at that point, but for now IMO you are good to go for a colorful breeding season next yr
 
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melroseladi

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Both are from Sophia but could be fathered by either male. My original 3 were feedstore/hatchery birds so no clue on their parents. Lacey is from an entirely different bloodline but I haven't had any of her eggs hatch this season. She usually adds to the nest after Sophia is setting, then Sophia stops setting before Lacey's eggs have time to finish developing. I did put a couple of her eggs under my silkies that I had found in the woods but they didn't develop.
 

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