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Easter Egger Colors
Group #2, 2010

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What Color Will the Easter Egger Chicks Be?


November 6, 2010 - 22 Weeks

Pullet plumage is complete and they look quite a bit different than the last report at 12 weeks. Of the 6 there isn't as much variety as I had the first batch. Two sets of 2 look almost identical even though the babies were quite different colors. My final conclusion about color is a very pale chick will be white or nearly white, while chicks with big black patches tend to have dark head feathers. Beyond that it's gambling!

Black - Very shy, lovely black laced tan feathers now looks almost exactly the same as Brownspot.

Blackspot - Also shy steel gray and rust. The gray is now only on her head/tail/ feathers and the very tips of her body/wing feathers. Still very unusual and beautiful.

Brown - Penciled feathers and looks almost exactly like Speckles but Brown is just a bit darker, quite brave.

Brownspot - Wheat colored head and chest, laced black. Only slightly lighter in color than Black. (Died 5/13/11)

Gold - If she had Mareks, she has recovered and is thriving. Her feathers appear to be pencilled in light gold on white. My first EE of this color had more of a laced feather. This girl also has an overall pale gold look where her older sister was more prominently white.

Speckles - VERY friendly--the only one I can easily catch. Lovely pencilled feathers a lighter version of Brown.


Black

Blackspot

Brown

Brownspot

Gold

Speckles

August 26, 2010 - 12 Weeks

Probably the last update for a while. Some of the feathers are beginning to show penciling and lacing. See enlargements of the difference below.

Black - Very shy, lovely black laced dark tan feathers.

Blackspot - Also shy and equally lovely steel gray and rust with charcoal head.

Brown - Darker brown head than the rest, feathers are showing lots of fine penciled detail, quite brave.

Brownspot - Wheat colored head and chest, laced feathers.

Gold - This shy girl had some leg weakness suspect of Marek's disease but recovered. Time will tell.

Lemon - The rooster has left the building--returned to the feed store--no pure white EEs for me!

Speckles - A little darker head than Brownspot penciled feathers.


Everyone Except the Roo

Laced Feathers

Penciled Feathers

July 29, 2010 - 8 Weeks

Not much is changing.

Black - Very shy, lovely black laced tan feathers.

Blackspot - Also shy and equally lovely steel gray and rust.

Brown - Darker brown head than the rest, quite brave.

Brownspot - Wheat colored head and chest.

Gold - This shy girl had some leg weakness suspect of Marek's disease but recovered. Time will tell.

Lemon - Still pure white.

Speckles - A little darker head than Brownspot but the two are very similar.


Black

Blackspot

Brown

Brownspot

Gold

Lemon

Speckles
   

July 15, 2010 - Six Weeks

Head feathers are coming in. Except for the lightest chicks and the darkest, I don't think you can make any connection with baby fur and adult feather patterns. The colors of these girls is very different from the first chicks.

Of the 7, 3 are fairly large while the other 4 are noticeably smaller. I don't remember this much difference with the first set.

Black - same as 4 weeks - still looking much like the first Black chick I raised. Looks like her head will be gold with the rest of her body feathers laced with black. Large.

Blackspot - head feathers appear to be dark gray with body feathers a lighter gray marked with rusty red. She is my favorite so far. Small.

Brown - she is the overall darkest so far with black/brown feathers on her body and light brown head/neck feathers are striped black. Small

Brownspot - head is light golden tan with body feathers barred with black. Small.

Gold - still looks like the first chick of this color--head is apricot lightening to white at the tail. Small

Lemon - pure white and getting more roostery day by day. Biggest.

Speckles - tan head feathers are each marked with black. Very large.


Black

Blackspot

Brown

Brownspot

Gold

Lemon

Speckles
   

July 1, 2010 - Four Weeks

Chest and leg feathers are in now showing barring and lacing (Black). With the exception of Black and Gold, all the rest of these girls look different that the first chicks I raised. At this early stage, I can safely say a yellow chick will turn out to be a pale colored adult!

I thought maybe Brown and Brownspot would look alike, but so far they don't--see them in the last photo below.

Black - still looking much like the first Black chick I raised. Looks like her head will be gold with the rest of her body feathers laced with black.

Blackspot - steely gray is marked with rusty red. Can't tell yet about her head.

Brown - light brown is finely striped with black.

Brownspot - chest feathers are tan with black barring.

Gold - chest feathers are apricot so far no lacing visible as with her predecessor, Blond.

Lemon - still all white this bird is beginning to look like a rooster--3 rows of comb already getting red. He goes back to the feed store as soon as I'm sure.

Speckles - the flashiest chick for the first 2 weeks has chest feathers of tan with faint gray barring.


Black

Blackspot

Brown

Brownspot

Gold

Lemon

Speckles

Brownspot (l)
Brown (r)
   

June 17, 2010 - Two Weeks

Wings are filling in with bars and spots or very white for the two yellow girls

Black - so far looking much like the first Black chick I raised. Black wing feathers with brown markings.

Blackspot - her 2 longest wing feathers on each side are solid medium grey and the rest of her wings are black and brown with a few creamy tips.

Brown - wings are mostly brown with black bars and light tan/creamy tips.

Brownspot - her wings look very similar in color to Brown, but maybe a little more black than brown.

Gold - white wings and a hint of apricot at the shoulders--the same so far as Blond from the first set of EEs.

Lemon - all white so far--will she have an apricot head or be pure white?

Speckles - the flashiest chick and the flashiest feathers--bars of white, black and light brown.


Black

Blackspot

Brown

Brownspot

Gold

Lemon

Speckles
     

June 3, 2010 - Baby Easter Eggers

These photos of the 1-day-old babies will be the base for comparison as they grow up. I've temporarily named them to track their progress. Once again naming is not creative!

They all have dark legs except the gold one which are her golden color. The black one has the darkest legs. Gold and Black most closely resemble colors I had last time so it will be fun to see if they look the same as adults. Lemon is a lighter shade of pale and will be fun to see if she looks like Gold when they grow up.

Future photos will appear in this order:


Black - black head, black back, dark gray wings/chest

Blackspot - black round patch on back and head, grey chest

Brown - mostly brown

Brownspot - brown round patch on back and head, tan chest

Gold - pale yellow with golden markings and head

Lemon - very light yellow all over

Speckles - spotted & striped with blak redish brown and white, khaki chest
     

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