Gorgeous Lavender Orpingtons
The English Lavender Orpington is stunning. Every time I visit my lavenders I am so delighted by their beauty and sweet personality. You will love having a lavender or two in your flock, not only are they lovely, but they are gentle and friendly.
The Lavender Orpington should have be a soft dusty lavender. Occasionally some yellow flecking can show up in a bird. You should never breed birds with questionable coloring. We move pullets with undesirable coloring to the egg production side of our farm and keep only the choicest hens and roosters for breeding.
Understanding Lavender Orpington Genetics
The lavender gene is not sex linked (meaning it is autosomal). It is inherited in the male and female the same way.
Because it is a recessive gene both parents must carry the gene for the offspring to express this color. A bird can carry one lavender gene and will not be lavender colored. However, you can still breed a bird carrying only one lavender gene with other birds carrying the lavender gene to produce lavenders or expressions of the gene.
To understand this better, each bird possesses 2 color genes and each parent contributes one of those to its offspring. Therefore, two pure parents (each possessing 2 of the same color genes) will create pure offspring. Split parents create a mix of pure and split offspring.
Selective Breeding Standards
I have worked hard on this color. Currently I keep selecting for very large birds and large round rumps. I have begun selecting for tighter 6-7 pointed combs that do not extend as far past the ears in my males. This will be my main focus in coming years as I attempt to get the comb to the standard of perfection.
As always I keep trying to make a better bird. I am in my 6th generation with these birds and feel good about my coloring and type!