Black Mottled Wyandottes
Black and all it’s dilutes can be bred in a mottled version, all these mottled colours can be interbred as well as being bred back to solid black or the dilute selfs.
Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Splash & “Mauve” Mottled Wyandottes
All these colours are diluted versions of black. In combination they form different shades. It’s all part of the fun. Most of the time the colours come up clearly defined though sometimes you get a hint of birds carrying mottled in the form of the occasional white mottle as the young bird develops its final sold plumage. This means it is possible to breed a lovely selection of colours from a single pen and you have all the fun of seeing what colours hatch.
Mauve is simply a combination of blue and chocolate, similar to the breeding of lilac cats. The mottled version clearly shows the white mottles against the mushroom-beige background.
Sometimes the colours are a bit unpredictable, especially as chicks, those that develop the most white as they grow tend to be young mottled cockerels.