I thought there was no way one rooster was the dad until I saw the chicks. First of all they don't look like either the mom or either rooster as chicks completely. Which I found odd but I'm new to this. One rooster died on Sept 1st. The eggs were collected from the hen on Sept 18-22. Since there had been 2 1/2 weeks since they could have mated I thought the dad was the other rooster. I'm wondering if it's possible for sperm to live 2-3 weeks? I thought I read 1 week. The hen was red and red as a baby with just the down fur. The rooster that died on the 1st was blonde with brown/black on its sides a bit but it had the two lines of a different color on its back like the new chicks do. The rooster I thought was the dad is an Easter egger mix and was blonde/grey or blueish as a chick. I'll post pictures
The Easter egger rooster that I thought was the dad and hen
The rooster that died on sept 1st
The hen as a chick- all red no color variations really
The second chick that it in focus behind first chick is the EE rooster.
I can't find a pic of the black rooster as a chick but it was blonde, brown and had the stripes on the back like the new chicks
Here are the new day old babies from the red hen and one of these roosters.
The black rooster has feathered legs so does that mean that all his chicks would have feathered legs or just 50%?
Thoughts? I would think the chicks would have been lighter with Red and the EE mixed rooster?