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What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:39 pm

I have this very interesting looking Araucana cockerel and would like to know what his colouring would be called. I'm sure he will change a bit later on and I'm quite curious to
see how he will look fully grown. He is from my own stock and pure bred.
Any ideas ?

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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby Foehn » Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:21 pm

I'd be tempted to call him partridge, but he has a dark neck too so, I'm not sure
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:34 pm

His neck looks black. Will that turn into red later ?
He reminds me a bit of a barnevelder.
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby Foehn » Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:56 pm

Yes, I have some similar Araucana Barnevelder cross-breds that look very like him. My girls though have lacing.
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:28 pm

Thanks Foehn !
He's definitely pure bred. I'm leaning towards partridge too. But I guess I will have to wait
and see what happens in a few months time.
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby sewren » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:08 pm

What colour parents do you have that he might have come from....? Might help narrow down the options.....
Pea (?), Martha (L Sussex), Bess (Australorp), Elsa (Orp), Petal (B'velder), Dottie (Sp Sussex), Olive (Welsummer), Peggy (W Leghorn), Gertie (SLW), Maureen & Doreen (NHB), Hazel & Tilly (SPW), Lilly & Ivy (Orps) and Silver Appleyard ducks!
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:39 pm

Rooster was lavender and mum was wheaten. According to the colour calculator all offspring should be black.
But they are all like this little guy. :o
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby Marina » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:39 am

I don't think he's partridge. Juvenile partridge cockerels have a distinctive black/red barring, especially on their wings.

A long time ago I crossed a black Orpington with a buff and I got markings very similar to what you've got. Black Orpington and Lavender Araucana both are on E (Extended Black) base, they both are s+ (gold). Buff Orpington and your Wheaton should both be on wheaton (ewh) base and also s+.

E is supposed to be dominant over ewh so that's why the chicken calculator says all offspring black. But ewh sometimes behaves dominant. I've done many such crosses with Silkies and Buff Cochins and the wheaton influences everyhing from plumage colour to leg and comb colour (when dermal inhibitor is added to the mix). It really is unpredictable what you get until you see it.
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:21 am

I didn’t think he would turn out to be a partridge cockerel in the end. We will have to wait and see what their adult plumage will look like.
Maybe one of the boys turns out nice enough to put over the other two wheaten hens of mine. I can’t seem to find a matching rooster for
my hens and I’ve looked all over the country. It’s pretty much impossible to find any decent Araucanas of any other standard colour than
lavender or black. :roll:
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:48 am

That's what the cockerel looks like now. He hasn't finished his final moult yet.
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby Marina » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:38 pm

He's a stunner. Does he have the red wing triangle? Maybe he's a black red as the OEG in the picture below:
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:13 pm

Yes. He's got a rusty red triangle. Not really visible in the picture.
Got another one like him and a ginger coloured. Will get some pics
of him later.
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby wolga » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:57 pm

Here's the ginger cockerel ! :D
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby chooky » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:54 pm

I hope that you called the ginger one 'Prince Harry'. - He looks to be a party animal!!
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Re: What colour is he ?

Postby Marina » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:40 pm

Beautiful bird!
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