Originally Posted by aaggjg
OMG Gloria is BEAUTIFUL!!! As is that chick!!! What kind of Chicken is she??? I'd love to see a picture of your broody pen too! I have a first time broody and am trying to figure out if I should move her or not ..... but I don't have anywhere to move her.
Gloria is a blue orpington. The chicks are all EE (blue Ameraucana rooster over either my hatchery EE hen (the one in my avatar) or my black Ameraucana hen that lays green eggs). My broody pen is just a simple A-frame tractor that I made from scrap lumber left over from the coop (and a few other assorted projects), scrap plywood, and panels from a drop-pin style dog crate that we weren't using any more. I can't recall exactly why I felt the need to build it last year. Perhaps in hopes that one of the girls would go broody? But we've used it several times to separate problem birds, as an overnight holding pen for birds we were going to process, to keep our rooster away from our toddler as he chased the hens all over the yard (before we got rid of the rooster) and as a quarantine pen when we got a few new chickens at a show.
Originally Posted by bobbieschicks
I candled Topsy's eggs tonight and to my surprize they weren't completely clear. So I'll check them again on Saturday to see if there's growth. I did see our LO roo on Topsy but that was like 3 weeks ago before we rehomed him. I suppose the silkie roo could have mated her but I've not seen him on anyone except the LOs. The plot thickens.
It's not too surprising to me. I never saw my rooster mount any of my hens, not even once. I did see him dance for Gloria, but she just gave him an "I'm not impressed" look and kind of chest bumped him! Not surprisingly, none of her eggs that we set were fertile. Neither were any of my SLW eggs, every time he came near her she ran away. And only half of the sussex eggs we set were fertile, so I think one of the two speckled sussex girls gave him the cold shoulder. But out of 32 eggs that we started with, 19 started to develop. And every single one of the eggs from my Ameraucana and EE hens were fertile!
Originally Posted by Miss Lydia
Now that i have hogged a whole page, lol I have another question remember the EE's i got well they are almost 10 weeks old but this color on the one is so pretty, is it a specific color? and I like these EE's so much i am getting 4- 3 week old this sat. here it is the color I am asking about.
I don't think it has an official name. Hard to say for sure from the angle of the picture, but if I had to call it something I would say blue with red leakage. Both of the hens in your picture are so pretty! I would be thrilled if any of my chicks turned out to look even a little like that.