Lavender Orpingtons continue to hold their place as one of the most popular colours available to purchase at Keithsorps.
My original strain of Lavender Orpington Large fowl were bred from birds from Josie Kramer in Holland who runs The European Orpington Club.
From my original strain of Lavender Orpingtons I have used this remarkably flexible gene to breed some beautiful variations on the Lavender base colour.
HISTORY OF THE LAVENDER ORPINGTON
The Lavender gene was first introduced into Orpingtons in the United Kingdom around the mid 90's by Pricilla Middleton.
Pricilla purchased a single combed Lavender pullet at a local auction, realising the potential of this pullet she crossed her with Black Orpingtons which gave her in her first breeding season Black split for Lavender in both sexes. With lavender being such a reliable gene to work with it was then very straight forward to establish the colour in Pricilla's newly developed stain of Lavender Orpingtons. It then took many years of continual crosses back with Black Orpingtons to develop the size and type she was after. Pricilla continues to breed and work with this colour of Orpington to this day. Lavender Orpingtons are widely bred throughout the United Kingdom, with quite a large selection of good quality stock available, this is possible by the easy outcross to the well established exhibition standard Black Orpingtons. By using this introduction of established type many Lavender Orpingtons are equal in quality to the standard exhibition Orpington colours available.
The Lavender Gene ( Pearl Grey )
Lavender is an autosomal gene which means that as it is not sex linked it is inherited the same way on both male and female birds.
It is also recessive so both parents need to carry the Lavender gene for the young stock to visually show Lavender so a bird with only one Lavender gene will not show any Lavender colouring but can be used to breed Lavender.
Lavender breeds true so in its pure form Lavender mated to Lavender will always breed Lavender.
Lavender can also be used to create lots of new shades and colours as it is a diluting gene as long as the bird is carrying two doses of Lavender . All black colouring will become Lavender and any red pigment will dilute to a straw colour.
Lavender x Lavender
= 100% Lavender
Lavender x Black
= 100% Black split Lavender
Black split Lavender x Black split Lavender
= 25% Lavender
50% Black split Lavender