Could anyone advise the differences between the two please. I have a pair the cock bird is pure white with dark eyes and the hen a very light yellow with dark eyes. Would they be DF Spangles or dark eyed clears?
Reason for asking 1 of their chicks has come out with the hens colouring but the last couple of days I have noticed come violet neck and chest markings (I don't think they would show on a photo though)
As far as I understand , DF spangle develope iris's when they mature while DEC have no iris threw out their life. You can also tell by their chicks mutation out comes, I would be safe to assume if you get SF spangles, the parent would be a DF spangle.
both parents could be dark-eyed clear the hen sounds like she's yellowface type 2 as well- since DEC is a combo of recessive pied(must carry 2 factors) and clearflight pied (needs only 1 factor) there is a possibility that you may get a reccesive pied out of a pair of DEC's who are single factor for clearflight pied- also be sure your birds' eyes are just dark and not red. Red would mean ino and not DEC and the inheritence pattern would be very different. As for the hen's light yellow -clear and ino varieties effect the blue/black pigments only, even cinnamon shows thru, so the yellow is an entirely separate matter- as for the chick's coloring- DEC could mask any number of other mutations in the parents- for instance violet and dilute or greywing- my Shiva is sf violet sky blue, but also dilute, so from a distance she appears to be clear unless there is something white to compare her to.
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