Please tell me what color she is.... :idunno

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by heritagebirds, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Blue? Lavender? Thank you for your help!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Splash?
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    She's actually lightly splashed. I had a very similar looking araucana, Cara'cana. Very sweet bird and a good mama hen.
     
  4. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    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.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Not sure which E-alleles araucanas tend to have. I do know they are available in duckwing, so maybe e+?
     
  6. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Her Daddy is a golden Duckwing, but is silver where I would expect black
     
  7. chookster77

    chookster77 Out Of The Brooder

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    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:

    Lavender:

    * 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

    Blue:

    * 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).

    Cheers,
    The Chookster
     
  8. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue.
    Splashes of black are normal in blue.
     
  9. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    Thank you so much Chookster and Henks! I finally know what color she is...and a splash at that! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  10. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Splash...some have darker areas like yours. Very pretty!!
     

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