1.) Its crossed with a White Leghorn mother and a Black Australorp father. Now it's possible that the father is a Speckled Sussex however the alpha rooster in the coop is a Black Australorp. (The SS rooster is 5 months old). I have a chick before hatch out of a white egg from a white hen (she was a mix of I don't know what) and another Black Australorp rooster. Every time a white egg would hatch it would be a white chick, but had a black father. I always assumed black was a dominant trait, but the chicks always have some black spots in their down. Could someone possible explain that to me?
2.) These eggs weren't supposed to hatch until Tuesday (feb 16th) (full 21 days) but this one hatched today (feb 14th)! Is this because White Leghorns hatch sooner?