What's the difference between blue and lavender?

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HA !!! I love it, they arent but 10 inches or so tall, dont be scared,


Yeah, Becky, I hear ya, I think silkies are in that "pretty" but ugly cata glory too. Love these d'anvers too, that self blue one was just in the process of starting to crow when I snapped that pic, that's why his wings look all buffed out!,LOL
 
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I'm glad this thread got started because I was wondering the same thing. I love the look of a gray bird and prefer the solid colored ones. I've always hated the color lavender (as in light purple), so I'm struggling to get over the nomenclature here.

Are all lavenders so light or is that dependent on breed? I could see lavender orpingtons being light simply because its starting with a buff, if I'm understanding it correctly. What about if it started from a BA? Would that result in a darker lavender?
 

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The color of lavender plumage is generally a gray, silvery color - not really purple as you would think.

Lavender orps were not developed using buff. They were developed using black orps.
 

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That's right, I believe most all originated out of blacks if I'm not terribley mistaken, for the most part, lavender, or self blue are pretty much just as the pics show above, reguardless of the breed, they should be that pale blue grey color
 

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Quote:I understand that lavenders are not purple. Its just in the non chicken world I really hate lavender big time. In the chicken world I'm finding I absolutely love lavender, much more so than the blues.

Catwalk said lavender dilutes buff. So would a lavender dilution of the buff be lighter than a lavender dilution of a black? I didn't realize there were black orpingtions. I had read that the BAs were developed from orpingtons. I'm guessing that was BLACK and not BUFF orpingtons.

The reason I'm asking is that I like a richer deep gray color, as apposed to a silver, and solid. Once I get to the point of looking for the correct genetics I want to to know specifically what to look for. I like the look of the big fluffy birds, like the orpingtons, but am not restrictive to that breed only. What genetics would I be looking for? Does it exist?
 
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