This is so wonderful! With seven babies, I'm sure there will be enough spots to get a good program going!
And since these eggs were shipped early - before the DNA was really "set" on the Ebay pen - that means you'll see more genetic diversity.
The NN hens were running with 6 different Aloha roosters, before I penned them with the one NN boy. So it's possible there could be several dads to these babies!
Although with such a high rate of NN peeps, I'd say some must surely be his! Only one hen has two copy of the NN gene. All the others have one copy. So anything that appears to be homozygous N/N and not heterozygous N/n would probably be by the large, darker rooster.
Anything with one copy of the gene (a "bow tie") could be by one of the Aloha boys, and none of the Alohas were that dark mahogany color, so if it is a very light colored chick with a bow tie it could be unrelated to the darker chicks with true naked necks. Just a couple hints for trying to figure out "Who's the Daddy". Ha ha!
I'm quite thrilled in general and also specifically that they have that diversity (a plus for me here for my "program"). I also have Speckled Sussex girls (ok, hatchery, but still) and Tank my big red Naked Neck who has already nominated himself as their Mr. Right, from across the fence (they'll be put together soon)...
They're so cute and friendly.
- Ant Farm