WHAT are they?

Amurr

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I have four birds that are supposed to be Black Jersey Giants. They are 3-4ish weeks and they aren’t maturing like I expected. They are half the size of my columbian Wyandotte’s that are exactly the same age. And they are turning white?!

what do you think?
 

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Chickenhappy8708

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Wow, mabey a white Jersey Giant, or a blue Jersey Giant. We have a 5 week old "Black Jersey Giant" with some white feathers on her wings. BTW White/Blue Jersey Giants are about a pound lighter.
 

Amurr

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Looking at it again, white Jersey Giants usually have a yellow beak, so that's what I think you've got.
Saaaaad. They were supposed to be black and they came from a hatchery so I really expected them to be true to advertising. I had hoped to breed them to my English Lavender Orpington Roo. I wonder what kind of color I’ll get out of a White JJ/ELOrp cross.
 

keesmom

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Saaaaad. They were supposed to be black and they came from a hatchery so I really expected them to be true to advertising. I had hoped to breed them to my English Lavender Orpington Roo. I wonder what kind of color I’ll get out of a White JJ/ELOrp cross.
Probably black. The lavender is diluted black, and the white is probably recessive white over black.
 

Amurr

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I’ll look forward to that then! Do you think it could be possible to to get a grey or blue out of the mix?
 

keesmom

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Extremely unlikely to get a blue. By grey do you mean lavender? No, none will be lavender. All the offspring will carry a lavender gene as well as a recessive white gene. If those offspring are bred back to the lavender parent you will get 50% lav and 50% black offspring.
 

Amurr

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Extremely unlikely to get a blue. By grey do you mean lavender? No, none will be lavender. All the offspring will carry a lavender gene as well as a recessive white gene. If those offspring are bred back to the lavender parent you will get 50% lav and 50% black offspring.
Thank you. I’m still learning how chickens color out. Mixing colors with birds is not quite as straightforward as my lifetime of breeding different colored cattle.
 

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