Is this the one with the tail you liked?The lavender dilution turns gold/red colors to various shades of... well, straw. Part of my experimentation with the dark brown male over Isabella females this season is to see how the mahogany modifier treats the gold tones under lavender dilution.
At current, this is my best Isabella male, and he's awful. (Though not generally as hunched up and miserable-looking as this.) The females look, dare I say, normal. But they're full sisters to this bloke so I know they're carrying all kind of nasty feather quality issues.
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Ah, here. I'll repost a female just to have them in the same spot.
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There are type and color issues with my Isabellas. The biggest problem is feather quality after you're a few generations deep breeding lavender to lavender. (These are at least 3rd generation straight lavender without outcrossing to brown, possibly more than that but I don't know the line's history beyond there.)
I'm hoping the mahogany modifiers from the dark male will bring more peach tones into the next generation over the yellow-straw coloration.
Is this the one with the tail you liked?
The male's tail does look a bit.....interesting lolThe female, yes. The male, NO! hahahaha
And hers isn't in perfect condition. She carries the feather defect of fray, but also all the feathers just aren't in fully from molt, but you can count the seven primary tail feathers, I believe, and the thing I read earlier that said that gives just about a perfectly balanced fan seems to be right on to my eye. I do find the shape and angle of her tail fairly spot on according to my interpretation of the standard.
Interestingly, though it's a bit hard to count them individually due to the color, I believe the dark brown hen I posted above has at least 8 primary tail feathers as viewed from the side and it did strike me as being a little much. The light brown pullet I posted below her was only showing 5 or 6, as I recall, but has since had a nice full fan come in.