Thanks, that's very helpful! So, would chipmunk colored chicks who grow up to look different (blue, whatever) still carry the partridge gene? Or was there some other reason they looked chipmunkish as a chick? And does my top chick (the brown fluffy one) look chipmunk enough to be thought partridge or is the pattern too muted?
There's so much to learn about partridge!
Originally Posted by Debbi
Congrats to both of you on the new babies! Partridge marked chicks can end up being something quite different when they get older. I have one roo who was clearly a chipmunk at hatch, and now is a deep dark Blue with gold leakage. Another one turned into almost a solid Buff color. The roo I kept was closest to being correct, but still the markings and color placement aren't right. This is my first year with Silkies, and I ended up with quite a few Blue Partridges. The pullets all seem to be pretty uniform, the cockerels are not. Looks like the hard part of Partridges will be to get a properly marked roo!