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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by heritagebirds, Apr 27, 2009.
Blue? Lavender? Thank you for your help!!!
She's actually lightly splashed. I had a very similar looking araucana, Cara'cana. Very sweet bird and a good mama hen.
Thank you... What do you thinks her base color is? She is young, I got her as a peep with her 'rents last year, but is sitting on a pile of eggs like a champ.
Not sure which E-alleles araucanas tend to have. I do know they are available in duckwing, so maybe e+?
Her Daddy is a golden Duckwing, but is silver where I would expect black
Judging by the darker hackles and the darker feather shaft, I'd say she is blue.
Here is a nice guide from Australian master breeder, Kaz Ballea:
* Even shade throughout, in both genders (ie no colour sexual dimorphism)
* No Black at all on outer feather view
* Pale, whitish feather shafts on outer feather view
* Iridescent & darker shade of both lavender & gold on inside view of feathers & shafts.
* No red feathers at all (including gold leakage on a Silver bird)
* Sometimes poor feather quality (eg wing patches- pin feathers on roos, fret marks, stringy tail/sickle feathers)
* Recessive gene
* Head, neck hackle/saddle a darker shade of Blue to body colour
* Sexually dimorphic (ie the roos have different colour characteristics to the hens)
* Flecks/patches of darker blue or black
* Dark feather shafts, usually similar shade to neck hackles
* Darker Lacing (on laced birds)
* Incompletely Dominant gene
The Blue/Lavenders look predominantly like Lavenders, but may have some traits of the Blues (eg darker blue flecks, darker feather shafts, etc).
Splashes of black are normal in blue.
Thank you so much Chookster and Henks! I finally know what color she is...and a splash at that!
Splash...some have darker areas like yours. Very pretty!!