What color is this hen: Dark Blue, Light Black, or ?????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ArizonaDesertChicks, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    This is a nice hen and she is much prettier than her pictures, but I've always been confused as to her color. She is supposed to be blue, but is much darker than any other blue chicken I've seen (but I'm not a genetics or color expert). I would love to know what color to call her -- visitors always seem to think she is black, not blue.

    This was taken last February at 9 months old, right after she came to live with us

    Same week -- Next to an EE -

    Taken a few months ago -- She's on the left - the black chick on the right is one of her offspring:

    She finished a molt last month -- Photo taken this evening without a flash - shown next to a blue chicken and a black one

    Taken this evening with flash - (also shown with blue and black chickens - the shiny black pullet to her right was hatched from one of her eggs)[​IMG]
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Definitely dark blue. [​IMG] (also, no such thing as "light black" - although you can indeed mess black up by adding other things. . . . such as blue [​IMG] )

    Here's a good comparison of my dark blue Ameraucana:

  3. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Quote:That pic is very helpful - thanks! I've been calling her 'dark blue' and even named her Midnight, but after looking at blue chickens on 'blue chicken' threads, I could never find one as dark as mine and my other blue chickens are so much lighter - that confused me.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She does look very dark blue to me, too.
  5. KCchickens

    KCchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2010
    Fayette county, IL
    Oooo definitely blue! She's pretty:)
  6. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

    May 30, 2008
    Washington State
    She is definately dark blue and she is very pretty! [​IMG]
  7. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dark blue! I also have a girl who is very dark blue...she was sold to me very young and the breeder didn't know if she was blue or black. When compared to black, is is definately blue. She's the Silkie in my avatar.

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