Which one is the lavendar orpington?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by elizwlsn, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. elizwlsn

    elizwlsn Out Of The Brooder

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    I got a bunch of eggs this spring. One was a lavendar but the rest were BBS. The lavendar hatched but I didn't band it and now I can't tell it from one of the blue hens that hatched at the same time. The only difference is that one of the two hens that both look like they could be the lavendar has a tiny bit of darker marking on one of her wing areas that looks like a splash mark looks on splash colored bird. The other seems solid without anything that looks like splashing on it. Would the one that has the tiny mark be the blue or is there any way of knowing now which is blue and which is lavendar?

    I also got a very handsome blue rooster and wonder if they bred at some point would I ever get lavendar or just maybe some splits from a blue rooster and a lavendar hen?

    At this point all I have is one black hen, one blue hen, one lavendar hen and 2 buff hens and the one blue rooster so if I wanted lavendar would I have to have another rooster?

    I am adding pictures of both girls. They are just 4 months and came from either Tuff old hen or Miss Prissy as I got eggs from both of them. The front girl has a few flecks of dark you can see in the picture.

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  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The one on hte left looks closer to lavender, but I have to say that with the darker hackle, it looks blue, too.
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I would also say the one on the left would be my guess. The one on the right has lacing, which lavenders do not have.

    It looks in your picture to have yellow on it's feet, orpingtons are supposed to have white skin. I would go out and check her in person because photos can be deceiving.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    The one on your left could be your lavender, lavenders never have lacing. Remember these are project lavender orpingtons and not up to a standard as yet, if you got your hatching eggs, chicks or adults from any one of us on BYC. Patience and time!!!

    Nope will not breed true if your going to put a blue on this pullet. None of my lavenders have ever had a speck of black sooo consider that too when judging if it's a lavender. Some black fretting yes but no specks of black. You need a good black orpington rooster to put on this pullet if it is lavender and then you will start to have the lavender gene pool to work with. My opinions!
     
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  7. Krys109uk

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    You can probably tell the lavender by looking on the underside of the flights or tail feathers. On lavenders there is most often a black line up the underside of the shaft of those feathers.

    It looks in your picture to have yellow on it's feet, orpingtons are supposed to have white skin. I would go out and check her in person because photos can be deceiving.

    If she does indeed have the genes allowing yellow skin, which is recessive, this will be a bit of a pain. Apart from the fact that lavenders Orps would usully be expected to have dark legs they also need to have white skin & yellow skinned birds do not carry any white skin genes.​
     
  8. elizwlsn

    elizwlsn Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I love them both and my rooster is BEAUTIFUL. I think he looks like yours TOH. He follows me around the yard and has the best crow for a 4 month old. 1/2 came from you and 1/2 came from Miss Prissy. I got a great hatch and these were what I kept. I didn't want to be overrun just yet with too many.

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  9. elizwlsn

    elizwlsn Out Of The Brooder

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    The tops of both of the girls feet are slate colored but the lighter girl has yellow on the bottoms of her feet which you can see when she walks.
     
  10. Tuffoldhen

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    None of the lavenders here have ever hatched out with yellow in their feet or legs, so that's a stump to cross.

    Your rooster is handsome, if you got eggs from MP and it was a breeding from her Mosby or her Bonnie, Mosby & Bonnie came from me anyway! lol
     

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