Originally Posted by alohachickens
Originally Posted by HEChicken
I take it back. Now that the chick has dried out and fluffed up I can see it is not orange like the NHs but much more yellow. And look at the little black dot on its head! Could that be a "tell"?
Wow, this is crazy! I have no idea what these two chicks will grow out to look like!
Is this it for this particular hatch? Are we going to have to wait for the batch of 26 eggs that you just put in to get more answers?!?
Just for clarification, the more orange chick in that pic is a pure NH - I only put it in the pic for comparison of the difference in color of this lighter colored chick.
I've had either 3 or 4 hatch that have been moved into the brooder. The pure NH hatch finished last night but the "Aloha" hatch was only just beginning then. I have another hatched in the incubator that will stay there all night - it is not looking very strong yet but I'm hopeful it will recover and do well. And then I have 4 more that are pipped. This is the end of day 22 and I really don't like these late hatches as the chicks often don't seem to do as well - they have a harder time hatching and then are slow to recover. Partway through today I decided to candle the unzipped eggs. Sure enough the first three there were no signs of life. I picked up the fourth that had no pip and heard the unmistakable sound of cheeping coming from within. That egg only just pipped in the past couple of hours so it could be another 24 hours yet before it zips. Crazy.
So anyway, there are the few in the brooder, the one hatched in the incubator and the four more that are pipped. I'm anxious to get the next lot of eggs going in the incubator which is also the reason I'm frustrated by how long these guys are taking to hatch! Hopefully I can get the next 26 eggs in tomorrow. They're getting older by the day so I don't like having to wait.
Originally Posted by Kev
Originally Posted by alohachickens
It is genetically half Exchequer Leghorn (black and white mottled) and half New Hampshire. Both parents are 50 / 50 of these breeds. It's not "Aloha" from my stock, it's a new mix of the two existing breeds.
Do you think black tail buff can come out of that? Or is there really no way to tell?
Oh! had missed the parentage, So both mother and father are EL and NH crosses? If that's correct then yes you can expect some black tail buffs, mottled black tail buffs.
A possible explanation for one chick being lighter is if the EL are silver, it can sometimes lighten the down on wheaten chicks.. in this case, you could also expect black tail whites(both mottled or not)
I had missed the EL part of the equation so I have to revise it to possibly part of normal wheaten down expression, possibly silver wheaten, possibly mottled-something...
I recall someone mentioning German NH.. is that the NH part of your birds? You're going to produce awesome birds!
That is correct. The first generation are out of German NH rooster and Exchequer Leghorn hens. That generation is then crossed to one another to get Gen 2. So since both parents are 50/50 NH/EL, that means these chicks are genetically also NH/EL. What we are hoping is that we'll get some hens that are bigger than the original EL hens, have the mottling gene and lose the black/white but gain the reddish coloring. I'm surprised so far by the diversity. The first chick to hatch was brown, the second yellow and the third closer to black/white. The one in the incubator....I think also black/white but it is hard to tell yet.