OK! I have got one for all you japanese bantam fanciers out there! I have one breeding pair of black japs, so far this year we have hatched out 4. TODAY however we just hatched three new ones and hoping for 3 more on the way but with the death rate you never know. Every chick we have hatched has of course been black. Two of the hatchlings today are black and then there is this little guy. I have no idea what color it could be... the first image is most true to color. It is the same size as the others. Now here are the other clues.... The only other bantams I have are silkies, cochins, polish and nankins. Now to have mixed the eggs would be nearly impossible because our pair is separate from everyone and I know the difference between a jap egg and any of the others because they are so small and darker than the others. The only egg of comparable size would be the nankin. But this does not look like a nankin chick, it's light yellow and a blue-ish color with a spot on it's head. It is clean legged, strait combed, yellow skin and not top hat. So that eliminates the cochins (who aren't laying anyway), silkies and polish. I am very hesitant to guess nankin because they usually have a brown stripe and have a bluish tint legs. ...... ANY GUESSES!!!!???????? What else can you get from two black parents?? Could this be some weird throw back gene??