The partridge had black down - upon close inspection, with white accents on face and wing joint early on (first week). Now that I think back, I think all the black downed chicks that DIDN't turn out solid black had white accents on the front wing joint very young, some with white face accents (though not as obvious as this one).
The body type is really great on these Ideal NNs. The little black pullet is the smallest one, but the shape is good to my (admittedly inexperienced) eye, and they all feel like big bricks when I pick them up. Very happy with them. I DO wish I could get hold of some S&G Naked Necks to add to my flock. But I checked - the minimum order is now 100 CHICKS!!!! OMG!!!!!
Crossposting from the Breeding for Production thread, here are their growth curves. Tank continues to outpace everyone - interestingly, I can't pick him out by eye anymore, even though he is so much heavier (he's one of several reds). There are some boys that are hitting a late growth spurt - I'm curious to see if they catch up to him.
- Ant Farm