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splash and blue color questions and leg color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AHappychick, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    what does one look for in a good or show quality splash and blue? is there a color chart, is the splash supposed to be even spread, very light, or does it just depend on the bird? can you tell I am trying to pick my keepers, and they are still a bit young lol but my brooders runith over [​IMG]

    also with Ameraucanas and araucanas should I go for the ones with all slate colored legs or will the pink tones with mostly slate color grow out to be all slate later?
     
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  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Ameraucanas should have slate legs; most araucana varieties shold have willow legs, although whites should have yellow legs.

    Splash is very irregular, but the splashing should not be more than 50% dark. Some folks prefer smoother colour transition, others like more contrast.
     
  3. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    In addition to Suze's comments, the undercolor of a splash should be a pale blue and not a washed out white.
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    so will the legs with pink and slate change to one color or will they always be 2 toned so to speak...
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    How old? Chickens go through many changes until they reach maturity, once they do, things like skin tend to not change colours, although plumage can change to some extent with each molt.

    There are some breeds where it is not uncommon to have legs with a somewhat mottled appearance. I think it is one of the plumage dilution genes that does this, but it's not something I've paid much attention to.
     
  6. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes, but, in my experience, not always, mo gives mottled legs.
    A gene id^a giving green spots on the shanks of anconas was proposed after a study on the breed, but from my experience another suggestion which has been made, that the effect could have been due to mo plus modifyers, seems a better fit.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Can you post a photo of the legs--are they more spotted or more like pink that is partially covered with black?
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    yes I will post pics today I was having a hard time with photobucket but worked it out now
     
  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    here is one of them I think its a pullet but am not sure any thoughts?

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  10. Sonoran Silkies

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    A pretty splash--as the bird gets older it will probably develop more splashing. Check the hackle and saddle feathers--if they are pointed at the end > it is male; if they are rounded ) female.
     

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