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Orpington Mottled and Lavender mottled? Updated PICS Pg3

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hinkjc, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I posted the following on our web site, but am looking for any additional insight others may have. There are pics added below showing various age and plumage development..

    After several hatches and some feathering out time, we have noticed an unanticipated result in our split-to-split black/lav breeding pen (Big Bear). Based on the visual appearance of the feathering on the chicks and some genetic research, we have come to the conclusion that at least some of the parent stock carries the recessive mottled gene. With the back crossing in our breeding program, we are now seeing a mottling effect on a few of the chicks. We will know more as we start to hatch some of Lil Bear’s offspring and will post updates as we identify more details.

    For those folks working on the project with us, please keep us posted on your hatch results so we can compare notes. I do not believe all of the split blacks have the mottling gene, but it will be interesting to monitor. My recommendation would be to proceed with only the pure lavender hatchlings for the lavender Orpington project. I would not recommend using any of the “mottled” chicks for further breeding on the lavender Orpington project, however they may inspire some to work on additional projects as we plan to do.

    We had already planned to work on and have set up a mottled pen to put focus on jubilee and mottled Orpington. So if this is the case with these random chicks, then we will be one step ahead and have some genetic diversity for that project in its next phases.

    Notice the ones on the left have the lavender coloring (which may be difficult to see in the pics due to the flash)




    And some lavender peeps:


    Last edited: Jan 12, 2009
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    wow! that is great!
  3. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    So exciting Jody!
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Thanks Jody, this really helps with a visual. Going to be fun!!
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    those are so pretty!...[​IMG]..
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    They are beautiful chicks, Jody. I'm generally not a fan of the standard mottled look, but on lavender, it's a whole 'nother thing! Very nice!
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Thanks everyone! This is very exciting and will work nicely with the other projects we have going on here. I thought showing the various ages would be helpful to see how much they change over a very short period of time. The eldest chicks in the 3rd set of pics is only 3 1/2 weeks old and already changing so much. I will post updated pics as they grow out. I think they're so pretty too and was hoping others would find them interesting.
  8. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    VERY beautiful, Jody! Can't wait to see what they look like grown up!
  9. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Very nice. THey are beautiful.
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Wow, those are such beautiful chicks! I can't wait to see them, all grown up! [​IMG]

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