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#1 2012-05-26 22:04:08

ChestnutRidge
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7-Week Old Chicks

These are not exactly "new" chicks, but I thought I'd share some pictures of my current group.  I have 4 cockerels and 2 pullets which I hatched from Skyline's (James) eggs.  All four of the boys' first wing feathers were white, and all of the girls' first wing feathers were a buff or "cinnamon" as Glen calls it. :) 

This cockerel was the smallest chick all along and still is tiny.  Only problem is he's the only one close to the correct color!
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7275557192_68566b2f3e_n.jpg

See him with the others?  He's in the middle.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8004/7275562058_6de11b558e_n.jpg

The biggest guy is a dark rusty colored.  He's the most reticent of the males, and he is big and pretty.  Not a keeper though.  None of the boys will be staying.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7275560640_9ba414a361_n.jpg
You can see his relative size here...
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7231/7275562826_200bb6dbb9_n.jpg

I have one of the white cockerels as well.  My husband loves him and says he's going to keep him as a pet.  (He's not.)  But that's how friendly he is.  He's probably the second largest fellow.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7275561364_4f0504086d_n.jpg

Here's my grey guy.  I like him, too, but too much grey.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7275558518_dac6dd7140_n.jpg

One girl has slate legs...
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7275559914_c0011300c6_n.jpg

And the other's may be yellow...
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8168/7275558012_16a9714ebf_n.jpg
Or perhaps they are willow.  Hmm.  Seems to depend on the light, which probably means the darker grey pigment is still coming in.  It takes a while for my Ameraucana's legs to go from white to grey, so that is probably the case here.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7275559068_29da72c4d7_n.jpg

I'm not sure any of them will be part of the breeding flock, but luckily I just got a slew of pullet eggs from Glen's flock!!! :thumbsup: :thanks:
I am very excited and hope I can improve my group composition a bit!  I set those eggs at 5:00pm EST today, and I'll keep you posted. ;)

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#2 2012-05-26 22:38:29

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

Wow what a variety of colours in your roosters Heather.   

I have never seen one so dark as your one fellow, maybe he is more Gorria??  Too bad you got more roosters than pullets, my first hatch I got 8 :shock: only two will be keepers.  I need to post some pictures soon!!

Love the pictures, thanks for sharing them :thumbs:

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#3 2012-05-26 22:45:03

poplar girl
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

Never have I seen a roo like the rusty fellow, it continues to amaze me how much diversity can come from a handful of original EOs!

If you did choose to breed the slate legged girl and only kept female offspring from her without the dermal melanin you would not run any risk of causing yourself problems down the road. Just a thought if she is nice enough to breed otherwise. Same would apply if your other girl has willow legs.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#4 2012-05-26 23:26:21

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

Lovely pics and birds.  That dark guy is even darker than the Gorria, but that solid red/brown.

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#5 2012-05-27 00:00:54

Susan
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

I'd give the little guy time to see how he matures. He might surprise you with a growth spurt and his colour looks like he has potential. I have never seen a colour pattern like that white and dark boy and I have hatched a lot this year! Amazing!

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#6 2012-05-27 00:02:20

Maggiesdad
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

do pullet eggs hatch pullets? :whistle:

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#7 2012-05-27 00:26:19

Susan
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

Bet you are onto something there MD! :funny:

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#8 2012-05-27 02:05:19

ChestnutRidge
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

He is an interesting fellow.  He's really nice and bulky.  I'm pretty sure he does carry barring because he was very clearly barred as a little chick.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7276692924_16fe907225.jpg
IMG_1392 by ScratchCradle, on Flickr

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#9 2012-05-27 02:06:37

ChestnutRidge
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

Maggiesdad wrote:

do pullet eggs hatch pullets? :whistle:

=D Let's hope so!

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#10 2012-05-27 02:06:59

NaturesPace
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Re: 7-Week Old Chicks

I'll be interested to see how those pullet eggs hatch. If Glen is still sharing this fall, I might have to get some of those pullet eggs.

Maybe my theory will hold true with Skyline's chicks. White wings males, darker wings females...

I keep threatening to hatch more chicks, but I know I shouldn't until we move. :Crazy:


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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