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Old 03-15-2014, 07:28 AM
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It turns out I'm somewhat confused on my oldest chick's colour mutation.
At first I thought it was an olive green normal, which was plausible since Mona is a cobalt blue and Carioca is a dark green.
As the chick started to get more colours I noticed the tail feathers are really dark, black coloured instead of the typical dark blue. The second chick is getting the same colours and dark tail feathers as well.

Here are some pictures I took today of the oldest chick who is currently 24 days old.




The tail feathers are really black, the darkest I have seen.


Does this mean the chick is grey green? And if so which parent has the grey gene? Both Mona and Carioca have normal colours and their tail feathers are dark blue.

This is Peppy, who is the chick's older sister, almost 1 year old.
She also has black on her tail feathers and I was told that was because she was a pied and her colour mutation was olive green. But now I'm not so sure.


A better look at her green shade of colour




Her tail feathers


Are Peppy and the chick grey green or not? You can see the parents (Mona and Carioca) on my signature picture. I can upload better pics of them if needed.
Thank you in advance.

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Old 03-15-2014, 08:40 AM
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From what I understand, the grey gene can not be hidden, it's dominant and can't show up in chicks that come from non-grey parents so they must be olive.
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I get that, but it doesn't make sense to me that my two current normal chicks have fully black coloured tail feathers (no blue at all), I thought only greys had those.
I have had many chicks and never had seemingly green normals with fully black tail feathers. I will have to wait for the cheek patch feathers to be fully out of their sheaths, but from what I see they seem to be blue coloured.
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Oh my, such a cute little chickie! Sorry, I'm not an expert on genetics...but just wanted to for your lovely chick
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I think that the chick will be olive green.. but to be more sure, I think you have to wait and see! it's going to change..
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Yes, I can't wait to see all 3 chicks fully feathered! I will be selling them before their first baby moult, so I won't be seeing their adult colours, at least not in person. It's one thing to look at pictures and another to actually see them for real.
Thanks for your input, everyone.
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