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Thread Description:Oliver and Snowflake's clutch. Nev or Dean please?

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The chicks are feathering up and showing some color so I started wondering about their mutations, genders and colors. I have a pretty good idea but I'd still like some opinions to confirm


The parents: Grey green opaline cock split for blue X Albino hen (yellow from mineral block)



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Chick 1





Chick 2





Chick 3





Chick 4





They are all looking like opalines to me. At first I thought they were normals but once I've seen the body color feathers through the wings and the V shape below their necks I'm thinking opalines. I'm not so good on identifying mutations on younger chicks though


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I would have to agree with you. They look like opalines to me. Two green two blues. Your male chicks will be split for ino but you wouldn't see it in their coloring. They are too young to tell gender. I usually wait until about 6 to 7 weeks old to do that. good looking chicks congrats.
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They do look like opalines to me as well. Looks like a grey green, a sky blue, a grey and a green or grey green (too hard to tell from pic quality and young age). Unless they are all hens, it would appear the mother is masking opaline under that ino

I'll reserve final judgment until they are older and more feathered up
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Your cock bird has very purple cheek patches which is unusual for a grey green and usually indicates either an olive or a violet grey green.

The chicks all look opaline to me too
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They do look like opalines to me as well. Looks like a grey green, a sky blue, a grey and a green or grey green (too hard to tell from pic quality and young age). Unless they are all hens, it would appear the mother is masking opaline under that ino

I'll reserve final judgment until they are older and more feathered up
I'll make sure to post pics when they get all feathered up, I was also thinking that my hen could be masking opaline since all the chicks are, I was expecting some normals. The last chick does look different than the first, different shade of green, a bit darker than a dark green though

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Your cock bird has very purple cheek patches which is unusual for a grey green and usually indicates either an olive or a violet grey green.

The chicks all look opaline to me too

I'm positive that my cock is a grey green, he has grey siblings which also explains him being split for blue and his grey chick.

His tail feathers are black and not blue like an olive would have. His cheek patches did confuse me though! I could never figure that out. I never thought about him being a violet.

Would that explain the purple tinge on the second chick? Pictures don't really show it. As soon as I noticed it I thought "Violet chick how?" couldn't think of it so I crossed it out of my mind. I'll wait and see how he turns out
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Your cock bird has very purple cheek patches which is unusual for a grey green and usually indicates either an olive or a violet grey green.

The chicks all look opaline to me too
I was thinking the same thing Nev. That colour is too... vivid? for a normal grey green, on top of the cheek patches. But after seeing a grey and a greygreen chick i figured it must be a grey green cock but didnt mention the violet. Glad you brought it up and confirmed my suspicions!

Edit: I also suspect chick #2 is a violet sky blue opaline. From what I can see there is violet shading in the opaline colouration on the wings as well as the rump colour.
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