Self Blue Ameraucana Thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by OnceInaBlueMoon, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. OnceInaBlueMoon

    OnceInaBlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Ameraucana Breeders Club is currently in the process of having what were previously known as lavender Ameraucanas approved as self blue Ameraucanas. I thought I would go ahead and create a new thread for future use. The first pre-qualifying meet has been successfully completed, and we are one step closer to having this color variety officially approved. A special thank you to all of those who have worked hard on this color over the years. Hopefully this thread will serve as a way for experienced as well as new breeders to discuss breeding techniques, show results, and anything else related to this color variety.
     
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  2. Mellisa

    Mellisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello. My neighbor has lavender and is looking to buy more colors. I'm going to purchase a couple of blue hens. We will be breeding my hens to her roosters.
    Do you know if the differences between the lavender [self blue] and the blue are remarkable or are they subtle? I want to make sure I buy the correct variety.
     
  3. FreebirdAviary

    FreebirdAviary Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, Mellisa, Simple answer, the Self Blue is visually quite different from BBS. Lavs have an almost crystaline feather, very pale compared with blue. Also the edging of each blue feather is usually a shade darker than center. A lav feather is darkest down the center and evenly pale to the edge.
    We've had blue Marans and blue Ameraucanas for several years. We're also working with Self Blue (aka: Lavender) to breed Isabel Ameraucanas. Our genetic reseach taught us that there are many differences in these two breeds. Breeders ought not mix blue and lavender bloodlines; Too many issues to go into here.
    The photo here shows a Lav/Wheaten (Isabel). 104 chicks were culled to get just one perfect male.
    DeMac
     

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  4. OnceInaBlueMoon

    OnceInaBlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, there are considerable differences genotypically and phenotypically between self blues (formerly known as lavenders) and blues. I do not recommend intermingling the two varieties. Here is an example of a self blue hen vs a blue pullet.
     

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