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Jessica Rodgers

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Wheaten chick down
« on: July 04, 2022, 11:04:27 PM »
I was re-reading the info posted under the pinned topic of chick phenotype and John Blehm mentioned something about hopefully breeders would be taking notes as the chicks grew/matured from the light yellow chick down vs the darker yellow chicks. Has anyone done this yet?
I recently hatched out a handful of chicks from a cock bird of a different line as a side project and I hatched a couple of these really light creamy chicks from him. I’m curious if there is any correlation between the shade of yellow down and their adult plumage. These chicks will receive wing bands soon so I’ll be taking notes as they mature. I’d love to compare notes if anyone has done this already.


Photo with the  darker yellow chicks in back and a lighter yellow chick in front.



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Re: Wheaten chick down
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2022, 01:27:08 PM »
All I can speak to is the experience I've had with my own lines of wheaten bantams.   Different lines may yield different results than mine.   In mine, the very light downed chicks resulted in light creamy females and darker than desired males.  Extreme sexual dimorphism.   So why don't you keep track of yours and let us know how they turn out?   Thanks for being curious - that is how we learn.
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Jessica Rodgers

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Re: Wheaten chick down
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2022, 12:49:57 PM »
Will do, chicks are wing banded and notes were taken.  8)

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Re: Wheaten chick down
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2022, 10:48:25 AM »
I find my best wheaten adults start out as chicks with a few black spots in their down.