Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Cuckoo update

The last batch of Cuckoo chicks (Dominique X Black Rosecomb) hatched over the weekend. It was a small group of eggs, but a very good hatch rate. I ended up with 6 cuckoo, 2 black, and 3 brassy back (still not sure how those happen, but oh well).

I hadn't even noticed that the BBRed colored ones in Batch 3 have a light spot on the back of their heads, and now they are feathering out with faint barring, so maybe they will be crele colored??? Time will tell! I don't anticipate anything being show quality in this generation. They are all fairly large.

In Batch 2 (not photographed recently) the Cuckoo baby is male, and all the rest look like females (3 black, 1 brassy back).

In Batch 1, it's definitely 1 male and 2 females. One female may be half Rosecomb, but I think the yellow-legged one (in the corner) is definitely pure Dominique.

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