Here is a picture of a canary very similar to the lavender chicken. Canaries are very difficult to breed. This color also has feather issues when two opals are bred to gether and basically you need to breed and opal to an opal split. I use to raise canaries and had every color just about except the rare pure black ones. I was a fourth generation canary breeder and unfortunately non of my children have any passion to raise any type of animals. I still have almost every book that was published about canary breeding and maybe one of my grandchildren will have some interest in them.
Harry, this is pretty amazing..I was not expecting to see the very light under color..absolutely beautiful. I hope you write some books someday with photos for the UOC..breding poultry to this level is lost today..hope you find the time to share your knowledge in writing . I think ou could end a lot of confusion..There are a lot of people even over seas that would love to read about your project..Thanks to Julie for helping him get pics on..I see the dropped wing but the color is just stunning.was not expecting them to look like that.
There were couple of guys on an Australian site mostly talking about australorps but they were bantering about this guy in America who had been developing real lavanders..im assuming they meant you.they recall compliments about the guy with lavanders in usa,.
Bill, Thanks for entering/posting the pictures. The picture with two pullets have a junker on the left side that will be culled the other is a lot nicer APA type mostly lavender pullet. Sorry, so long till I could get on but was busy for a little while.
Post by reniespeeps on Jan 28, 2013 10:21:07 GMT -5
Harry.. In my opinion yours certainly have more type than any of the other American developed Lav I have seen. We now have Imported Lavs available to work with ... that might just give the variety the shot it needs I certainly wish you the very best for all your hard work and effort.
rennie, Well if you knew the complete concept of why they look like they do, referring to everyone else's you would under stand why they look like that. I used Orpingtons over the original EE and continued with Orpingtons. I killed the two roosters previously pictured last year only because I have a black split that had more potential. Not all the lavenders hatched looked good but I got a few to work with plus my very large blacks have a 50% chance of producing lavenders. I have Julie's and Joys stock plus APA bloodlines. This year the pullets look like Orpingtons very small combs and wide heads and bodies. The one on the left will be culled just used her picture for comparison so others can progress. It is a shame that there were not imported lavenders earlier because they are and will be a definate improvement over what some are calling projects and APA standards. It has taken well over 6 years just to get to the improvement level I have gotten them to. A lot cheaper to buy an imported Lavender for sure and less frustration.
I was just scoping the australian poultry site and it seems they have basically lavenders in many other breeds and also patterns. I am sure the same thing could be in chocolate also. The only thing with projects in Large Fowl is the cost of feeding them. Bantams are or seem to be more economical to produce.
Post by littlechicklet on Jun 18, 2013 20:24:02 GMT -5
Completely new and not educated at all on Lavenders. I purchased this little pullet that is either lavender or a split. She is pictured with the a blue pullet I hatched Easter. She is a little older but not much. She was in with a black cockerel that was split but I did not get him. My question is if I put her with a nice black cockerel will all the offspring be splits? And if so then would I need to breed the pullets from the mating back to a lavender male? I don't know what I am going to do with her but she can always go in the laying flock. I just thought she looked nice. Thanks
Littlechicklet I sent you a PM but I guess I can say the same thing here. Harry is the Lavender creator in Orps and Ameraucans, and Araucans in the USA. He can help. just send him a PM or maybe he can answer your question here. Good luck and have fun.
Either you photo is off or you have really a blue that has not much lacing. If the color is off you may have a lavender with one blue gene. Photo is my only concern because can not really tell what color the pullet really is.
Post by littlechicklet on Jun 18, 2013 21:37:34 GMT -5
I will try to get a better pic of her. She could very well be crossed with a blue. I might be able to find out. I was told lavender split and the cockerel appeared to be black. I am guessing they were both splits, if that is possible. Could they have used a blue & lavender combination and gotten this look? She really is not blue (to me but I am new to this) and doesn't have any lacing.
I have not done much research on them and thought what the heck I will bring her home. I mean she can always go to the pen of misfits/layers.
What you are saying by the information you got is that she is really a blue split lavender and the male is a black split lavender. Lavenders come in different shades but that bird does not look like the ones I seen as by the picture colors you are showing. You will be able to breed the pair and hopefully get 25% lavenders which half will have a blue gene also. So you are talking getting 12 1/2% pure lavender and 12 1/2% lavender with one blue gene which will alter the shade/color of your lavenders. Have fun she is young but looks to have some promise.