Originally Posted by Auroradream26
I'm closing out the night with 19 total hatched, mostly marans
They're doing really well and some of them have already started eating and drinking. The welsummer that hatched looks to be a pullet and so does the one rhodebar. Not sure about the other yet. Since it was sticky, it's feathers aren't quite drying right or maybe just have junk still in them. That little one also looks like one foot has curled toes so I might have to brace them. I'm thinking that one may be a cockerel since he looks a bit lighter. I'm hoping I'm looking at them right lol. Between the CCL, welsummer, and good looking rhodebar, I'm hoping I didn't mix up which is which lol. I still have most of the rhodebar eggs in the bator since only 2 hatched but they all looked good before lockdown. All but one welsummer egg still in there too and one ameraucana egg. I'm hoping the rest hatch tomorrow. Today was crazy and exciting though, so many marans! They were popping out like popcorn! 12 Marans hatched safely (and quickly)
now, if I wake up in the morning to a bator full of stripped babies, I'm not going to know who's a Welsummer and who's a Rhodebar lol.
To the "trained eye", they are easy to separate. First, and RB males have a really bright white spot on their head. The overall color may vary some, but the spot does not. RB pullets have definite black edging on their chipmunk stripe and that is lacking in Welsummers. Finally, the leg color is the biggest givaway, Welsummers are very yellow, RB's are more greenish.
I think you are more likely to confuse the CCL with the Rhodebar than the Welsummers. I guess you will need to raise them all and sort it out later
Great news on the Marans - 12 of 14 shipped eggs is more that I expected. Since that was the main breed you wanted, it is especially nice. That will give you a nice flock. How many are blue? Given the number of blue hens in the pen, if they average out, you should get about 25% blue and 75% black.