Here are some group pictures of them! First, all 16! This was absolute madness!
My tally for colors is 6 for sure silkied Blues:
4 for sure silkied Blacks and one that I'm not sure if it's a really dark Blue or a Black as well. The one I'm not sure of is front and center here:
Three smooth Chocolates and one Chocolate Cuckoo (the one all the way to the right). Not sure how I feel about them thus far; they are beautiful babies, but I don't like how sparse those leg feathers are on some of them, and at least one of them appears to have white legs as I wondered if they would with Orpington in their background. I can work with this, though!
The last of the 16 babies is this little one. I know for sure that only four Chocolate eggs hatched, that the two out of Gus's pen were solid Black because I leg banded them as they hatched, and that all ten of the silkied BBS eggs that made it to lockdown hatched, and I only have 11 Blue and Black chicks (9 from the BBS eggs and two from Gus's pen), so this little one had
to have come with the silkied BBS eggs. I recall her mentioning on her farm page that she was working on a project that involved crossing Reds and Blacks together, so I wonder if maybe she accidentally sent me an egg from that pen.
That does mean that this little one may not be silkied, and even if it is, will not be useful for my breeding pens. Like the cuckoo, though, I have no problem keeping her in my mixed flock as long as she's a pullet. 🤷♀️
I'll work on getting more individual pictures of them this weekend!