Odd colour - what made this possible?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Svarthona, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Svarthona

    Svarthona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an odd colour question. Usually my roo and his girls produce somehow foreseeable colours for me, but this bird really is a surprise.

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    It´s kind of hard to photograph the true colour since it get´s washed out to white by the flash and in sunlight pictures, but this photo comes very close to it´s natural colour. It´s a strange shade of light grey - smudgy white mix and becomes gradually darker in the neck/head area.
    Any ideas what colour this could be and which genetics caused it?

    The parents are
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    All their female offspring, except this oddball [​IMG], was either black or blue in solid or cuckoo.
    [​IMG] I swear it wasn´t the postman.
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The youngster is a very light blue. It obviously did not inherit Papa's barring. A the bird matures some autosomal red from Papa may show up--typically on hte breast of females, although it CAN show in feather patterns on the back) or on the shoulders of males.

    Pretty bird [​IMG]
     
  3. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's very pretty! I've never seen a blue pop out like that. Now I want some [​IMG]
     
  4. Svarthona

    Svarthona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] That´s blue?
    Thank you, I´d never guessed that! Honestly I didn´t even know that light blue is looking that light. Never seen it before.

    My regular blues are a lot darker. Usually like this
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    or even like this, when they inherit the skintone from their mom
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    Which colours can I expect when crossing the light little lady back to her father? 50% blue and light blue and 25% black (50:50 of those in cuckoo) and 25% splash?
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    OMG .... that rooster is beautiful ! He looks sorta like my mutt roo. What kind is he?

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  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like rec white to me from that pic.... wait till it's moult it's baby feathers...
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    No, white is white, not greyish. It could end up splash, but I don't think so (due to the darker head). In depth of colour the blue looks a lot like these (however, mine have a lot of red in them):
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  8. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll have a look around the back.... I'm sure I've got a couple of blue base pekin chick that's going to be white.... if I find one I'll take a pic of it...

    found 1...

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  9. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:What color/cross do you have there Sonoran? Those look cool, do you have side pics?
     
  10. Tony

    Tony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Svarthona, Your odd colored bird looks like a splash, I have a few Plymouth Rocks similar to yours in color. A very light blue.
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