Originally Posted by Ridgerunner
The rooster is not all that tall but he is stocky. His brothers from the hatchery made some real nice meals.
Their ancestry is mainly a fair amount of hatchery Speckled Sussex, some hatchery Black Australorp, and a project Black Ameraucana. Someone near here is working on a new color/pattern Ameraucana as part of a consortium to get a new color/pattern approved. I got some hatching eggs from her to get the blue egg gene.
None of them are laying yet but I have just extended the lights some. Hopefully they will start soon. I do have a couple of pullets that just started laying, both mottled and laying green eggs. Don’t know how you feel about trying to hatch those little pullet eggs.
I have no problem with pullet eggs. Some claim they have better hatches from pullets eggs. I don't really know myself if they hatch better or not but have used pullet eggs for hatching at one time.
Originally Posted by Puddin Fluff
Ridgerunner - Love the colors!
When I get a broody
this spring, I might have to run up and talk you out of some hatching eggs. Esp. that red mottled one. What do you call that pattern? My brain wants to say that I've seen Jubilee Orps that color? Maybe? I am bad with markings.
There are different names for the color, but Speckled or spangled are the best but jubilee is another but is more of a hobby name, and not so sure the others aren't hobby names also.
I realize that spangled is really more like a Hamburg coloration, but I know that Old English Game birds have that color and is called Spangled or Red Quill spangled.