Well, we had some *surprise* hatchings today. I hadn't expected them for another week! Four are out and at least one more is on the way!
One looks like a black-laced red Wyandotte! It's about the prettiest chick I've ever seen. It has super-duper clear black markings with a beautiful dark red color throughout (and a little red beak!). After all the babies we've had this time around, I was kind of wondering if the BLRW ad gotten busy with any of the girls, or if he'd been all talk and no action. Pretty much all of the babies are dead ringers for the Black Cochin or the Dark Brahmas as their daddies, and only two chicks have had clean shanks! I think the other clean-legged chick has an Australorp mommy (though some of the feather-legged ones might too, given the last two dominant roos were DBs) and a Sumatra or BLRW as the daddy.