things that make me say hmmmm???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dadsteacup, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Dadsteacup

    Dadsteacup Just Hatched

    May 10, 2013
    South Dakota
    hello all... i have had my little flock for 3 years now ... it has grown from 3 to 50 ... (i think i am officially running a "chicken rescue")
    sheesh.. in South Dakota i am seriously an odd "duck"? Anyhooo.... i have noticed something odd that perhaps someone could help me understand, let me qualify that with NO i am not totally crazy... this is happening. I "rescued some chickens from someone who could not keep them anymore , they came to me in pretty bad shape the lady had been feeding them only bread... and whatever else they could scrounge... they looked HORRIBLE ... and being a novice chicken wrangler i just let the 11 girls in with my flock and ta da ... everyone got lice. fun. yuukky ok under control now i think and everyone (mostly ) has regrown feathers and seems more normal. but now.. oddly i noticed that my totally grey Araucana hen has gotten new red feathers... and one of my newest baby roo's is all black with red feathers ... but his hen and the daddy roo were white and red ... no one was black... i am confounded by these things ... anyone know whats happening here??? odd ... Gregor Mendel .... needed here ... :)
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    There are always recessive genetics behind the scenes that can surface, resulting in an unexpected color.
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community! chicmom X2 I have a Black Australorp that the past two years has molted in some barring, obviously from some distant Barred Rock genes. These colors can show up at any time and disappear as well.

    But wow, great that you could rescue these poor birds!! You are doing well by them and I am sure they appreciate you.

    Make yourself at home here and welcome to our flock!
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on the above posters.
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  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome, I am so glad you decided to join us. [​IMG]

    2 of my barred rocks changed colors end of summer with a touch of gold, but now with molt, they are getting only black and white stripes. Guess it's the same issue, genetics showing?
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    HOPE your new rescues don't give your flock anything else. It's very likely they have worms tho - since their care was lacking so badly. So good of you to take them in -it will be like they started their life over - in the best way possible.
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  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    It would probably be a good idea to worm ALL of your chickens. Stay away from Wazine, instead use Safeguard or Valbazine.
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  9. Dadsteacup

    Dadsteacup Just Hatched

    May 10, 2013
    South Dakota
    Thank you for your kind reply... very interesting watching what "pops" up....
  10. Dadsteacup

    Dadsteacup Just Hatched

    May 10, 2013
    South Dakota
    Thank you for the warm welcome... something really appreciated here in SD.... :) i have been fairly quiet on here just reading , ( is that lurking?) love the info on here ... i have 50 chickens 3 geese (whom i love dearly) <---- this was a bit of a surprise!
    2 very naughty ducks , a great Dane who "manages everyone ,7 guineas , 4 goats and Winston my 5 pound yorkie mix who provides back up for my Dane, Storm.... a very patient hubby and my 94 year old grandmother who lives with us. We are also proud grand parents of 4 ( 2 of each gender) yippeee

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