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Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by BantamHero, Jan 30, 2013.
I have a blue rooster bantam and a blue hen bantam and they babies turned out gray why??
How old are the chicks? If they are just days to a few weeks old, they will probably change colors as they get more mature. If not, well, then your hen may be entertaining some other suitor
Great answer Wrigley. Hahaha
There full grown right now and there gray! The worst part is that the rooster and hen was separated from the other flock! So she couldn't of been with a different rooster ):
That's what all females say Just kidding, I can't give any other educated answer. That color just may be in their genes from earlier generations, like kids having different shades of hair color than their parents. Post some pictures, I'm sure they're a beautiful color.
Okay will do! And thanks
Chicken genetics can be a very weird thing, and complicated.
I had a hen who was a barred rock and a rooster that was Delaware. She would lay her eggs in my garden and hatched out 5 peeps from 9 eggs. I inspected the eggs and all of them were her eggs, they were all the same coloring/shape etc. Of the 5 peeps, three looked like little barred rocks and two looked like little Delawares. The one barred peep was taken early on by a hawk, but I still have the four peeps---all boys. Two are a slightly lighter color barred rock and two a full on Delaware and look EXACTLY like their Daddy. At the time I was positive because of the young age of my other hens that there was one father and one mother of all 5 peeps.Two of the four crow EXACTLY like daddy, however one is a barred and the other is the delaware the other two (again one of each) crow with a different beat and sound different.
Unless you know the grandparents and great-grandparents and their breeding it can be tough to pick color.
Blue Cochin bantam rooster I used
That's a nice looking boy!! Very "Propper".
The hen I used
Good lookin' hen and roo.
And pics of the offspring?
This is a Typewriter Blue, with about 1/8 Hatch
And this is about as close to a pure Typewriter Blue as I've got.
He may have 1/32 hatch in him.