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Heres Ernie :D Were so pleased with him


Hard to tell on the photos but hes massive! (compared to all our other bucks anyway :lol: )
 

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You have to forgive my total ignorance ( I'm a complete novice) but what colour is he ? I get all the champagne/argente/cream colours confused. Is there any easy (foolproof) way to distinguish colours or is it just experience you need.

I have some mice and I just haven't got a clue what they are (between champagne and dove and light chocolate.... knowing me probably something completely different :lol: )

Handsome boy I have to say...... loving that super shiny hair.
 

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You have to forgive my total ignorance ( I'm a complete novice) but what colour is he ? I get all the champagne/argente/cream colours confused. Is there any easy (foolproof) way to distinguish colours or is it just experience you need.

I have some mice and I just haven't got a clue what they are (between champagne and dove and light chocolate.... knowing me probably something completely different :lol: )

Handsome boy I have to say...... loving that super shiny hair.
Ernie is champagne
About the colours (please correct me more knowledgeable people if Im wrong!)
You can tell argente from champ because argentes have a blueish undercoat and the top colour is a little more light fawny than champ is
Champagne is really hard to describe, but basically Ernie is it :lol: I find that when taking pics, without flash they are more silvery-pinky, and with flash a warmer beigey colour shows up. Theyre the same colour all the way through
Cream is a lot lighter and more white than beige, and can have black eyes aswell I think

If you post up pics of your guys people will tel you what you have

I think the only foolproof ways of getting colours right are experience, consulting an expert or a colour chart. You could try printing out pictures of what each colour should look like but I never have, Ive just made sure I nose in whenever people here talk about the differences :D :oops: I still get mixed up sometimes but I think Ive cracked the basics now

And thanks :D
 

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I think I get the dove/champagne colours mixed up. I mean is dove is more grey ? I have these babies that are a grey/mink colour with tan ....but don't know what the colour is exactly. Not that it matters....just curious ?

As a baby ....very silvery


4 weeks and not so silvery but still a bit silvery in certain lights



Is yours a satin ? or is it the trick of the light as sometimes mine come up super shiny when in fact they are not.
 

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Yeah dove is a very light and soft grey
Your guy looks a bit dark...and a tinge bluey on that top pic...maybe its still classed as dove, I dont know. I think Id call it "dark dove" :lol: going by the last 2 pics

Yes Ernie is a satin :)
 

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He's definately dove - it can vary from pale silver to a dark steely grey with a million variations inbetween. I like the shade of the dove mouse on my avatar best :)

Sarah xxx
 

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If you breed champagne mice you can add silver to keep the colour from becoming to dark but you musnt put champagne into silvers if you keep them ,it produces an incorrect shade between cham and silver .This is what these look like ,silver or dove tans that have champagne added to the mix giving a sort of muddy top colour.I'm only talking in terms of correct colour,they are beautiful . These unusual colours are appealing and attractive.Nice mice.I get blue agouti in my brokens,I weed them out because it's not permissable to show them and I dont want them to get established.It's a shame because I think they are very attractive but for hobby breeding they would be desirable.
 

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You are right they do sort of have a muddy top colour with silver running through it. The pictures are a very accurate representation of the colours.... thats just how they look. They came out of the litter with all black and black/tans. Fascinating how you can get all those different colours from one litter. I'm so pleased I got them because I don't know where they would have ended up if I hadn't brought their mums home. They are sweet though.... even if they are imperfect....just like the rest of us then :lol:
 

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It looks like a chocolate tan on my monitor... the first photo shows black eyes, am I correct in thinking that the next 2 pics show red eyes because of the flash but they are actually black?
 

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No .... the eyes are red. I think in the first pic they only look dark because the eyes hadn't opened at that point.... they were just starting to open (13 days old I believe it was).

The colour is like a milky coffee colour with a hint of silver in certain lights.
 

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If it helps when they very young they were very very silvery and as they got older their colour has gotten more cafe au lait type colour but still with silvery bits. some days they look more silvery than others.
 
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