Odd colored Blue Orpington?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by alexis1220, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. alexis1220

    alexis1220 New Egg

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    Has anyone seen a blue with red splash or do I just have a mutt..lol? I attached photos of one we hatched this spring. The father was a Lavender and the mother was Blue. Wondering if anyone has seen a Blue like her. Thanks!!

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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    she is gorgeous!
     
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  3. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a Cockerel. That might explain odd coloring, but I wouldn't know
     
  4. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a cockerel, is has saddle (shinny pointed feathers) near the tail, as well as rounded tail feathers.

    That doesn't explain the odd coloration though. Perhaps you have a crossbreed, or just a genetic goof up. It happens.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Doesn't lavender dilute red/gold? If I'm remembering correctly and that's right, the lavender parent would explain the red leakage (not too mention that blue can be a leaky color in general).

    It's definitely a cockerel.
     
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  6. alexis1220

    alexis1220 New Egg

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    Thank you! I will look into that! And it's a hen just bad photo angle.. Are blues and blacks seem to always get longer feathers than are lavs.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sorry, that is absolutely a cockerel. A hen will never, ever be colored like that. That vibrant red pattern is a male trait. Your parent birds are carrying genes for red leakage, that's what this is. The leakage on a pullet would be in the collar/chest area ( think like a black sex link is marked).
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel - love his coloring
     

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