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Dilute Blue 

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HISTORY:      Originated from Mr Fred Lewistka, but around 1948 - 1950 Mr Levitt Hunt and Mr Jack Wedderburn obtained some from dealers and between them established the Dilute Blue.

 

GENETICS: DOMINANT

  • Dilute Blue x Dilute Blue = Grey & Dilute Blue cocks and hens
  • Dilute Blue x Grey = Grey & Dilute Blue cocks and hens *

 

* The reverse matings will give the same results.

It is said that 'double factor' and 'single factor' birds are produced. To date evidence produced suggests that all Dilute Blues are 'single factor'; 'double factor' birds do not develop pass the embryo stage.

 

 

SHOW FAULTS:

 COCK

  • Body colour blotchy, wings faded
  • Markings too dark or light


HEN

  • Body colour blotchy, wings faded

 

AVAILABILITY:  Common.


GENERAL:     Dilute Blue is the result of combing the 'dominant dilute' factor with Grey. It is a darker variation of the Silver; hence a wide range of colours are produced from the Dilute Blue. Through selective breeding birds close to the standard are produced. 

 

 

SHOW STANDARD:

 COCK

  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  -  Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • Head, neck & wings  -  Bluish grey
  • Under parts  -  White to buff near vent
  • Tear Drop  -  Dark grey
  • Face Area  -  White
  • Throat & Upper Breast  -  Bluish grey, with dark grey lines
  • Breast Bar  -  Dark grey
  • Cheek Lobes  -  Apricot
  • Side Flanks  -  Pinkish-fawn, with white spots
  • Tail Coverts  -  Dark grey, with white bars
  • Tail  -  2 shade lighter than coverts
  • Rump  -  White 


HEN

  • As for cock, except all cock markings replaced by bluish grey.
  • Beak  -  Reddish-orange
  • Rump  -  Off-white