Post by littlechicklet on Jun 19, 2013 19:12:19 GMT -5
I don't know if this pic is any better or not but the best I could get today. I found out she came from a pen with a lavender cockerel over one of each: blue, black and lavender pullets. So I am going to go out on a limb and say she came from the blue pullet. Is that a good guess? So for now she will just grow out with the others.
I just culled a young cockerel. His comb was too large and his leg color was white. He was a Bl/Bl and l/l that means he was a splash lavender. His color was excellent. I very nice light colored lavender. As a chick he fooled me until I looked at his feather shafts. As a juvenile he still fooled me until I took him out in the sunlight and put him next to a white. This is definately a shade I can work with instead of all that thrash of black mixed into the plumage.
Sorry, I am not very good with the computer. I culled that young cockerel because his comb was very large for his age and he had white legs otherwise I would have loved to keep him as a breeder. I have plenty of blue + lavender cockerel coming up with the correct feathering. These were bred with imported Coronation Sussex blood added to them. The ones with UK blood in the have feather issues with the K gene. I hope to get a few good pullets from the UK blooded birds to breed to the other line to clean the feathers up. Lavender gene with the K factor is very difficult to correct. My ameraucanas have the same problem with only a few being decent. The Araucanas on the other hand do not basically ever display the K factor for some reason.
UPDATE: I have had two chicks that hatched lavender splash. They appear exactly like a splash but the white is replaced with a light lavender color. It does look like all the splash do not resemble this color but are just very light lavender without any spotting of a darker color through out the plumage.
Post by littlechicklet on Aug 15, 2013 16:18:16 GMT -5
Wow! I bet that is pretty. I don't know what it is about splash but I really like it. I have a few blues & the lavender split that have some of what I would call splash marks on a few feathers. Is this normal? I will try to get pics of it if I can. I hope you can post pics of yours. thanks
Post by littlechicklet on Aug 16, 2013 21:47:33 GMT -5
Okay. I did get some pics of the lavender split pullet up close (she is easier to catch)but only got a distant pic of the light blue one. Is this normal in the blues? I have not noticed it on the medium & dark blues but have on the lavender split & light blue pullets. Thanks for any information.
That the lavender split getting a drink. The younger pullet in front is what I would call a medium blue and I have not noticed it on her.
ETA: here's the light blue. You can see one spot on her shoulder. She doesn't have as many as the lavender split one does.
Don't believe that is desireable but not sure how a judge would view it. It may be an insignificent flaw/defect. Since you don't have a lot of birds I would not cull that hen and use her because you have to use what you have available. Bred to a black you will not observe that on a pure black offspring probably.
Post by littlechicklet on Aug 17, 2013 8:16:24 GMT -5
Thanks Harry. I know very little about genetics and was just curious if its something that pops up since the blues carry the genes/makeup for splash. I know when you cross two blues you have, what is it 25%, chance of getting a splash. So I was thinking since the gene is present perhaps it is showing up as these little splotches on the light blues. Maybe the splash & lacing genes are closer to having equal dominance when it comes to the light blue ones? I maybe talking/thinking all wrong since I am very new at this.
I am going to put my black cockerel over these pullets probably early Spring or if I get a broody this Fall I will put him over the older blue pullet I have. I don't think he would be called a true black since he came from a breeding that included blues & splashes. Again I don't know.
Post by chicksooner on Aug 20, 2013 19:49:34 GMT -5
This is my one lonely lavender. She came out of my blacks. I can't get a good pic of her with the phone but she seems like she has very nice color. Her comb is not all red but half greyish. I am debating now on keeping some lavenders just because they are such a nice color.
Post by littlechicklet on Aug 20, 2013 20:43:36 GMT -5
I think Harry would be the one to ask about the lavender. I don't have any but do have the one lavender split. I think I would like them but just can't see adding another color. I think I will be doing great is I can do any thing with the ones I have.