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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:48 pm 
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Hi, from time to time a grey chick hatches from our eggs (coronation Sussex, working on other colours) of Sussex. . Usually, the down on these chicks is actually grey / lavender. A chick hatched yesterday which looks grey, but it seems to be a combination of black and light strands of down, rather than 'pure' grey colour. I would really love it if someone could tell me firstly what people call these two colours (grey VS stranded) and also what the later plumage is likely to be like?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:07 pm 
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Do you have photos of the two chicks to put up here. Then you will be more sure of correct answers. I'd like to see them !

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:42 pm 
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hi Bronze,
OK - so now the chicks are already about 2 weeks old and you can no longer really see the "hairs". To be honest this is the first time grey chicks have hatched in an incubator rather than under a broody hen - so in reality I have no idea of any differences in the down compared to what the adult birds have.
There are variations in depth to the grey markings in the grown ups. (I cannot bring myself to calling this lavender...)


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File comment: here's a pullet. She has deep colouring. the roos have varied depth of colour
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File comment: this is the chick with pure grey down, sorry not keeping still
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File comment: Chick 1. This is the grey chick that had the black and white strands in the down rather than all one colour.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:54 pm 
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here's some more pics


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File comment: some boys side by side, same markings, just different colours
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 9:50 pm 
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I would guess there is Blue involved with that chick, so one of the parent birds could be Light Blue not Lavender - or Blue and Lavender. You could check the feather shafts which should be light Lav or whitish. If there are dark shafts particularly in the tails and wings, that is Blue.

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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 10:19 am 
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Thanks!


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