Questions on breeding for Lavender

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Elite Silkies, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

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    I need help with breeding on the Lavender. I have Black Australorps and want to produce the Lavender.

    If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.
     
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    You will need to introduce a bird that has lavender. I suggest some of the Orpingtons available on here. Some are very similar to Australorps and shouldn't deter from the body-type too much.

    When you introduce the color to your birds, the F1 generation from the lavender x black breeding will produce split-lavender chicks that look all black.
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

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    If I get split lavender chicks that look all black, is that just at hatch? Will some of them turn lavender as they get older, or do I have to breed the chicks, then I will get lavender?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. blueoval1

    blueoval1 Songster

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    You can breed the chicks back to a lavender bird or breed them toghether.
     
  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Songster

    If I get split lavender chicks that look all black, is that just at hatch?

    The 'Split' lavender chicks will stay black.​
     
  6. When the split chicks are bred amongst each other you should get 25% lavender.
     
  7. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

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    So, with the 25% lavender chicks I get, I can breed them together and get 100% lavender, correct?

    If so, I have a long road ahead of me...............I'll be working for awhile [​IMG]

    Now, I just have to find me some lavenders, and I'm on my way
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Get and breed two unrelated lavenders to unrelated blacks. As chicks hatch mark them as to which pair produced them. Those offspring are all split for lav: Lav+/lav. Breed the chicks from each group together. 25% will be lavender, select for type and breed back to parents and 50% should be lavender. Continue selecting for type until you have regained it. One you have, breed lavenders only to each other--the only point in the splits is to create a gene pool and for breeding to type.
     
  9. peepdaddy

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    If your interest is lavender birds, it would be simpler to get rid of the australorps (sale them, etc.) then buy a lavender rooster and a couple or three lavender hens. You'd be much further along much faster.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Lavender is a colour, not a breed. Should be pretty easy to fix the gene in a black bird--just need a lavender bird that is as similar to the breed as possible.
     

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