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Big Bird is a daddy! :) ...Why does the chick look like this??!?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shortgrass, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a lone chick, hatched out 3 weeks ago; a little surprise from a bantam gold laced Cochin and a Red Star rooster... Curious of wgat cross in Big Bird caused the chick to have these whitish feathers with grey specks...

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  2. ENor70

    ENor70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chickens, so I can't help. But I did want to say that it is a cute chick. I'd love to see pictures as it continues to age.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    First, remember that chick down and the first plumage is usually very different than the finished product, especially so in mixes. Having a multi-generational mix like this, you really have to wait until the bird is 8-10 weeks to have a good idea of what they'll really look like as adults. I would expect more gold on the chick, though. Do you have pics of the parents?
     
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Like @ENor70 , I don't have any bloomin' idea, @shortgrass , but that is one really cute chick!

    Oh, and I see you are a relatively new member, ENor70! Welcome!
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - also, are you certain of the breed of hen that laid the egg (not necessarily the same as the hen who set the egg)?
     
  6. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    X3 the reason being this chick is black and white. That is not possible out of a gold lace cochin and red star... this cross would only throw tan/brown with black details.

    If there is a silver lace cochin or a black/white rooster or hen around it is a parent to this chick.
     
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  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, here's mom

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    And dad, AKA Big Bird

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    I know 100% it was her egg as she's my only Cochin, and "Little Bird" has feathered feet ;)

    I'm impatient lol... I know its not going to look anything like mom OR dad, but with so many different hybrids going into red sex links, I haven't a clue what kind of genes Big Bird is throwing around lol...


    I'll post more pics as she/he grows more; I'm anxious to see my little surprise all grown up! :)

    Thanks @ENor70&@Blooie! She snuck one in and i couldnt help but let her keep just one egg to hatch; Lol next generation of chickens to be kissed ha-ha ;)
     
  8. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Update... "Little Bird" is most definitely a boy ;)

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  9. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    9 weeks old, looking like a fluffy laced version of daddy lol...

    Trying to figure out these feathers; are they "penciled", " laced", " Spangled",...? I know he's not Barred ha-ha :D

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    He has an awesome personality lol; he's super tame like his momma, and really curious and brave like daddy :D

    Always the first to come running when I go outside, he's a riot :)
     
  10. TBirdsTheWord33

    TBirdsTheWord33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is simply gorgeous, shortgrass! Whatever he is, he is 100% perfection. Please keep the pics coming of your handsome little guy!
     

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