I'll have to keep that in mind then. I was going by the fact that the CCL hatched first a day early and is steadier on her feet lol. She's also rather small but very quick lol. The Welsummer, I was looking at the eyeliner to remember which one she was lol.
I have to double check but I think about 4 are blue and the rest are black. For a while, they were all popping out black and I didn't think there was going to be any blues. They were just taking their time
The ameraucanas are 1 splash, 2 blue. I kinda hope I have 2 pullets and one cockerel. I'm in love with their chubby form and big fluffy cheeks!
This is the first week I have a bunch of Rhodebar pullets and last night I added the single CCL to that brooder and the difference in form and "skittishness" is very obvious. Like the difference between a Rhode Island Red and a Leghorn. The previous week I had one pullet of each, CCL, RB and Welsummer. The Wellsummer is now much larger than the other 2, not sure why, as adults the Welsummer hens are slightly larger than the CCL's, but definitely smaller than the RB's.
That is a good ratio of blue to black for the Marans.
Ameracauanas are popular because they are cute, at every stage. The true blue eggs don't hurt either. The pea combs make them very frostbite resistant, but also makes them harder to sex. Last summer I was "free ranging" their uncles when they were 5 months old because I couldn't be sure of the sex until they started sparing and trying to mate.
The splash is from msladyhawke's stock and she shows them. The blues could be from the same line or from some other combination of parents. I am trying to infuse the better quality birds with the more production-oriented stock I got from Whitmore Farm and some hatchery easter eggers that were amongst our best layers last year. What I'm saying is that they are not at all inbred, LOL.