New Member - Lavender Olive Egger Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by amontano916, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. amontano916

    amontano916 Hatching

    Jun 23, 2014
    Hi, I'm new to raising chickens. I've got a mini mixed flock of heritage pullets from a quality breeder, all are right about 6 months old. One of which is a beautiful lavender ameraucana. In the Spring, i'm purchasing a few other breeds, and am hoping to land a lavender maran cockerel.

    The lav maran eggs are not as chocolate as the FBCM, but is it possible to get a lavender OE with this combo? How does the lavender recessive genes work? I'm excited for the new additions, and considering a color project for kids' 4H. Thanks in advance. :)
  2. Old Rando

    Old Rando Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    The lavender gene is a recessive gene so a chicken needs two copies for it to be expressed. Breeding a self blue (lavender) chicken with any other self blue chicken will ensure all chicks will have two copies and therefore self blue (lavender).

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