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    Breeding experiments for colorful eggs from predator savvy, clean leg chickens with fun combs and crests

    This spring, I'm excited to experiment with a few new breeding groups. My 2021 experiments produced so many gorgeous and unique roosters that I've had trouble deciding which ones to give up. Before I let two of them go, I'm letting them produce my first round of fertile hatching eggs to sell...
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    Is my chick ugly? Cream Legbar x Silver Spangled Hamburg

    Here is the formerly ugly, now quite pretty boy this morning..one of the most handsome in the flock. He's about 4.5 months old and is already too savvy for his own good (can't keep him contained anywhere he doesn't want to be) and treats the ladies like royalty...
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    Egg color genetics

    Yes, I think you're right! My girls do this to me all the time. It's so hard to be patient when you're waiting for a new egg color :barnie .
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    Is my chick ugly? Cream Legbar x Silver Spangled Hamburg

    Here is a photo of the little boy I kept (along with one of my Gold Spitz girls). He turned out gorgeous! This was about a month ago. I swear he's getting prettier by the day. Really smart too Here's one of my blue egger girls, of the same cross. I've gotten a few new blue eggs recently, but...
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    Genetics Help - D^V, Id, Sex link, etc

    I have been playing around with Spitzhauben (D^V) hybrids. Crossing with Dominique and Hamburg rose comb hens, and Cream Legbar hybrids with single combs. Breeding tests have identified that some of my rose comb girls are Rr. I don't have any pea combs in the flock. Here's V + Single comb, from...
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    Is my chick ugly? Cream Legbar x Silver Spangled Hamburg

    Well, the little weirdo turned out to be the first rooster I sold, out of 20+. Here is what he looks like at 7 weeks (the one standing). Pretty handsome! Going to a new flock next week... Here's how the little girl looks at 7 weeks Here's my only other little boy of the same cross, hatched a...
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    Sexing 6-7 week old Gold Spangled Spitzhaubens

    @Frazzemrat1 @LadiesAndJane Cockerel #4 crowed this morning Technically, it was a squeaky sound that was supposed to be a crow 🤣 So, I'm pretty confident I have at least 2 boys. I'll have to watch & see if my "girls" might just be late bloomers...
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    Sexing 6-7 week old Gold Spangled Spitzhaubens

    How's this? 🤣 😂 That's suspected Cockerel #2
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    Sexing 6-7 week old Gold Spangled Spitzhaubens

    Yeah, wishful thinking. This is why I like the hybrids. My pure Spitzes keep me guessing until they start crowing!
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    Sexing 6-7 week old Gold Spangled Spitzhaubens

    It’s impossible to see combs through their thick crests, and they are v-combs so they are relatively small anyway. That’s why I’m focused on wattles. The 2 possible pullets have no wattle at all yet
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    Sexing 6-7 week old Gold Spangled Spitzhaubens

    I know I need to be patient 😂🤣. Out of 80+ chicks, these are the only 4 who remain a mystery. All the others were sex linked our auto sexing. I think I’m also seeing the beginning of pointy saddle feathers in no. 2.
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    Sexing 6-7 week old Gold Spangled Spitzhaubens

    I think I have 2 pullets and 2 cockerels. What do you think? Here are a few bonus photos of 3 & 4, since they happened to pose together...
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    Twisted neck appeared in 3 week old chick, still twisted but functional at 6 weeks. Doesn't seem as severe as wry neck. Please help. He's beautiful.

    My little guy seems to be doing better. I've added cinnamon to several of the chick feeders for extra vitamin E, although I think he had already started to recover, based on nutrition from free ranging. These videos were taken a few days after the above photos. His neck is twisted to the right...
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    Twisted neck appeared in 3 week old chick, still twisted but functional at 6 weeks. Doesn't seem as severe as wry neck. Please help. He's beautiful.

    Thank you for the reply! I looked at natural sources and it looks like Cinnamon would be a great supplement and would be really easy to add to starter crumble.
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    Twisted neck appeared in 3 week old chick, still twisted but functional at 6 weeks. Doesn't seem as severe as wry neck. Please help. He's beautiful.

    I have a 6 week old cockerel who seemed normal for 2-3 weeks, although he did seem to be a little shy or deferential to other chicks (maybe it was just a slightly crooked neck that made it look like he was "bowing"). Then, I noticed his neck was twisted, making his head point to the right. He...
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