So, Experts, What Color Will It Be?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by speckledhen, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    This broody hen has three 3 day old chicks. The chipmunk striped one is 1/2 Delaware (sire), 1/4 BLRW and 1/4 BBS Ameraucana (no idea which color) out of my red hen, Rita. In the group, there is one yellow chick that is also from the exact same parents plus the one yellow chick with the mostly developed wings and poufy chicks that belongs to the broody EE in the picture, also sired by the same Dellie rooster.

    The chipmunk striped one marked a bit like a BLRW chick is the one I'm asking about. I am hoping that it will be a red chick, but what do you think? I've had New Hampshires and they start out yellowish so there's hope, right? [​IMG]

    Following the chick's pictures are pics of the mother of that chick as well as her first and only chick, a grown son.

    Chick on top right in first pic is the one I'm asking about.....will "she" be red or Dellie colored with red bleed through?
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    Chick on left is the Delaware x EE , chick on right is the one in question
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    Here is a better view of the chick's markings. The one at the top right is a full sibling.

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    Here is the mother, a BLRW x BBS Ameraucana. She looked just like a BLRW chick at hatch from her blue egg and has some lacing.

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    The last and only chick out of Rita and my Delaware rooster, Isaac, now looks like this at his home with his elderly owner in KY. He was pure yellow as a chick:
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  2. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    More than likely it will be Dellie patterned with maybe hints of stippled smuttiness/silver partridge bleed through in the plumage usually in the back/cushion area. That's my story(guess) and I'm sticking to it LOL How about that one?

    Jeff

    I got Dellieweggers running amuck here. LOL that Delaware pattern hangs tuff for many generations once its instilled it has very strong dilution influences for a spell.

    Is that Ranger? if no whatever happened to him?
     
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  3. cluck cluck 123

    cluck cluck 123 Out Of The Brooder

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    You can't really tell until it starts to grow feathers and I have the same type of red chicken you do and her name is also Rita.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Wow, you remember Ranger?? You do have a good memory! No, that is Valentino, who is Rita's son with Isaac, the only chick of hers I've had until these two new ones. Ranger went to a guy in TN and was killed later in a raccoon attack, sadly. I can't recall which hen was his mother, probably June.

    Then, there was Gideon more recently, who is Maretta's, the EE hen in this thread. Gideon went to SC and got his own flock of hens and his new owner was thrilled with him. Haven't heard from Karla in quite some time so hopefully, he's still living a life of luxury and being the fabulous guy he was last time she PM'd me. He looked very close to Ranger in the Delaware pattern, albeit with the EE comb type.

    I bet you're right about the color. That Delaware color pattern hangs on like a pitbull, does't it? I just wanted another little red hen like Rita.
     
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  5. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah I do seem to remember stuff, (I had inquired about Ranger once upon a time, had no way of getting him from there to here though), most of it I don't really need to remember though, and most of it I do need to, gets lost or confuzzled up a lot LOL

    Yeah it would be very unlikely to get anything red from that Del(silver) over Red(gold) now with the stuffs in the background of the red mamma that could cause a crop out sorta but it would come more like the indistinct chipmunk/wild-type marking bleeding through on that wee one, faint, so you can see its there just not strong, but will probly show some in the adult plumage. I'd say it has 50%chance of being a male though,LOL
     
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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote: Now, Jeff, do you really want to go out on a limb that way? [​IMG] I really, really need pullets this time. I already have my quota of males to add to the main flock plus one I just can't keep, though I'd like to. I really love these boys out of Isaac. They're full of personality but very easygoing and friendly. I got only the two pullets, the barred one that Dottie is raising and the solid black one out of Tiny we named Raven. No way that one is a Delaware-Rock cross. Looks just like like my Ameraucana with Sumatra blood in her, Tiny.

    Here is Raven yesterday, though not the best picture. Long legs from dad, lean body and Sumatra look from her mama. She has some whitish ticking on her chest area, but no red/gold color right now. Small single comb which is blackish on the front part of it.

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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    New baby pictures since they're a week old today. DH fixed up one of the dog cages by wrapping in plastic garden fencing so they couldn't get out between the bars and of course, they threw dirt in the waterer by dustbathing (is there anything cuter than a week old chick dustbathing, I ask you??) but got out for some fresh air and sunshine.

    Rita's solid yellow chick is feathering in solid white in the wings, just like Valentino did, but has no tail. The chipmunk one has full wings and a tail already. The Del x EE chick has full wings and a tail as well. I'm thinking already that I might have two pullets and one cockerel in here, which means I'd have a daughter each from Rita and Maretta, neither of which I currently have, and one cockerel like Valentino. I'd be satisfied with that, if it's true.

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  8. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep I don't think they will feather in red huh? not going by those wing feathers LOL Looks as if the ol dellie pattern is in full on there. LOL

    looks like they are enjoying play time.[​IMG]

    Jeff
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nope, the chipmunk one got my hopes up, but nope, the Dellie pattern wins out again.

    They loved their outside time. I'm going to eventually build us a day pen with a three sided shelter at one end, just for situations like this one so babies and mama can be outside yet be safe.
     
  10. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    So cute! How do you do it? Keeping up with each chick and it's mama? I have some that I know but I set those separate from the rest and out of five chicks four turned out with mama's crest.

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    This is the mama. Father is Buff Laced Polish and her mama was a Blue Easter Egger (of course there were two sisters in that breeding pen so I don't know exactly which one was the acutal mother).
     
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