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popsicle

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Oct 27, 2011
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Looking at the mountains in MT
Why did they look like chipmunks when they were babies?

I've had several Cherry Eggers (basically production reds) that have started out chipmunky and end up looking like ugly New Hampshires (at least ugly next to the German New Hampshires).

ETA: I even found a picture of one! You can juuusst see the chipmunk stripes, but she grew into a production red looking bird:
 
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Blackberry18

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Mar 25, 2015
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Why did they look like chipmunks when they were babies?
Production Reds can be hybrids of any brown-egg laying, dual-purpose, red-feathered breed (hatchery New Hampshires, hatchery Rhode Island Reds, Red Sex-Links, etc). A unique combination of genes could contribute to chipmunk-patterned chicks.
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
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May 14, 2014
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Why did they look like chipmunks when they were babies?

Because Production Reds typically contain a mix of red gene breeds (RIR, NH, PR) and sometimes even a little Leghorn in their background to boost egg production, they sometimes have a chipmunk looking stripe on their backs when they hatch from the eggs.
 

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