One of our pullets (young hens), from our hatch of 4 back in early July, has created a mystery for us! This beautiful young girl (we hope she’s a girl!) reminds me so much of one of our older hens, Anne. I wrote about Miss Anne back in the spring. In that post I stated both that Anne’s eggs were different in shape than others, and also that I did not think she was mating with our rooster, Charlie. When we filled the incubator with eggs, I was careful to only pick eggs that I thought would be fertile, and so did not include any of Anne’s. At least that’s what I thought I did. Since the hatch rate with that bunch was so low, I know that’s at least what I did the second time around!
One bad thing about having a rooster is that they can sometimes be a bit rough with their hens. So the hens that get the most attention are often missing feathers on their backs. Miss Anne is perfect looking so I still doubt she and Charlie have been mating.
Now, from that hatch of 4, meet Annie Oakley…..then look at the following photo of Miss Anne.
The coloring on young Annie is more yellow than Anne’s brown, but those colors tend to change as they grow. She has green legs, and the cheek “tufts” just like Anne. What do you think….is Miss Anne most likely Annie’s real mama? Am I wrong about Anne and Charlie, and whether or not I put Anne’s eggs in the incubator the first time around (trust me, my memory is faulty at best, so that part could certainly go either way!)?
We know zero about chicken genetics, and what the odds are that a chick would end up looking just like it’s Mom and nothing like it’s Dad. With some of them, we can guess well who their Mom is (or which breed anyway), and in those cases we know they are some of Charlie’s “favorites”! If they have green legs, both parents are most likely Araucanas, so pure bred (I guess), but the rest are “mutts” and many seem to favor their mothers’ traits over Charlie’s.
While we’re talking chicks, here’s our second hatch enjoying some of their first days outdoors in the run! They are growing quickly as well! It’s a fun time trying to figure these things out anyway!
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