Aww, she had some good one on one quality time!!
She's still peeping like craaaazy, but I stopped picking her up! I've gotten used to it now and just live with it.. This is life now.. My life's new theme song is a shrill peeping that plays through all events - whether exciting or mundane.. I've accepted it
They are all extremely gorgeous!!! I love how their names are based off chefs!!
Oh! the shipments of chicks arrived today, instead of yesterday on my birthday as I planned ):
I literally just received them thirty minutes ago! The Splash Isbar was extremely weak.. but when I dipped it's beak in Save-A-Chic, it drank with gusto.. then it's neck fell back as if it used up too much energy, I put it in a warm spot.. and it passed away just 15 minutes ago. It's always the breeds that I'm the most excited about that pass..
Anyway, here are my two Curtis Hale Cream Legbars vs. my Jill Rees Cream Legbar (and my Blue Copper Marans just thrown in because you guys are the first I've told about this shipment!)
Alright, so you guys are probably sharing the same disappointment as me.. Both lines for this particular breeder have pretty bad auto-sexing qualities. This is breaking my heart, as I've spent a good amount of money on them (a little more than $200 on 8 chicks with two dead). I was hoping to find two gorgeous dark chicks with definite lines running through their heads and bodies today.. but that wasn't the case. Both are still incredibly cute but I am also beating myself up for not getting another Rees and then a Hale instead of two Hale's. It also seems the Hale chicks have a redder tint but of course they are chicks and we cannot know for sure yet. The breeder told me her Hale hens/roo's are more silver than the Rees'. Sigh.. I can't get over the disappointment, but they'll only be pets and not bred so I guess it doesn't matter much.
Ya...that #2 is pretty bad. I have only seen one that was that bad. In 2013 I hatch a pullet that was really light in color and a cockerel from the same pen that was really light. Some of the folks at the time were saying that the light chick down birds turned out with better mature colors and that the lighter color was a clue for the Cream Gene. So I pair mated them and did a test hatch. They turned out like #2. They were both removed from breeding and not used after the first hatch.
As far as the higher down being better goes, I debunked that theory. The pullet had way too much red enhancement. The Cockerel had way too much red too. Nither of them had any cream expression. They red enhanced gold duckwings.
After studying that pair I concluded that they were likely carriers of the Wheaten Primary color pattern. That would certainly explain the red enhancement and would explain what was going on with the down color.
Note the red ring around the collar of #2. It is a tell of the red enhancement.
The first one isn't that great either. I wouldn't be suprised if she is carrying one copy of whatever #2 got two copies off. Lol
below are some better examples of autosexing from my flock.
The Rees chick is the best of your three for autosexing markings. :-)
Edited by GaryDean26 - 10/7/15 at 12:12pm