Sorry, I gotta go all chicken genetics nerd again... ignore this post if you're not into the birds.
Here's batch 5. 2 Brassy Back, 5 Blue Brassy Back, 1 BBRed, 3 Black Red, 2 Black, 1 (Blue)Black, 2 Blue, 1 Splash.
Five weeks in, and I have 2 Blacks, and what... 4 BBReds? That's super pathetic. Brassies and Blues coming out my ears though!
I have three more weekends in which to set eggs. I mean, I *could* hatch into June, I could go one more week, I could have someone else hatch a big batch the week I'll be gone, that's an option (and perhaps a good one) but I really don't want to be hatching too late. I'm going to be overrun with chicks in colors I wasn't planning on, and I have a lot of people who want to buy eggs. But it's become pretty clear that the BBReds need an outcross. As I said a week or so ago, the Blue male is now in with the BBRed hens. We'll see what that produces. I am also going to outcross them to the Brassy Backs. I don't know what that will produce, but they're fertile and hatching like mad, so it's worth a shot. Hmmmmmmmmm. This season is totally not going as anticipated.