So, in the past few day before our big snow to get pictures of all our weird and wonderful cross breeds of which we've taken to calling the school birds on account of them being hatched in a grade 3 classroom during their reproduction unit. So here they are.
So this was the first one that let me take a good picture of him he is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and a barred rock, we got two of them that I think are identical except for possibly the color of their toenails. Lately the two of them have been doing a lot of facing off with each other but are still learning how to fight.
This was a rather distant photo but you have to take what you can get. The one on the left has what's called laced feathers, which is when the edge of the feather is a different color that the middle, it can also go back and forth a few times going inward towards the middle of the feather. On of our laced girls even has three colours, brown, black, and the same cream color as this one. The girl on the right is one of two hen we have that has a necklace of the cream coloured feathers. This is the one with black eyes where as the other one has reddish brown eyes. Something you can't really tell in this picture though is that the necklace girls' scales are two different colours. The scoots, which are the large overlapping scales down the from of the leg and down each toe are black and the rest of the leg is yellow. This might be because the scoots are actually suppressed feathers where as the others are proper scales.
This our leghorn cross girl, though aside from a tiny brown spot on one wing you'd never know she wasn't full leghorn. Being that she's a leghorn means that despite being a hen she's got one of if not the biggest combs (the thing on the top of the head.) of these little ones.
This is the other necklace girl, she's not got as fancy of feet but she takes after her father to make up for it. She's most likely a Philip, ameraucana cross. Philip was a cross between a cream legbar rooster and and ameraucana hen which gave home amazing golden flecks on an otherwise black body which is something this hen inherits.
The detail of the gold that she has in her. Much more subtle that what Philip had but he was a rooster and so was much more showy. I also managed to get a rare photo showing the iridescence of the black feathers. We have ameraucana roosters (that unfortunately are bullies and have been kicked out for the most part) where this iridescence is cranked up to 11.
This was Philip, unfortunately he was taken by a fox or coyote while him and the rest of the roosters were sent to a bale house during the summer to give the hens a brake. It seems that hagrid (hanks beefy as hell son) was the animals first choice for dinner but either proved not with the effort or fought the thing off of him based on the giant pile of red feathers in the bale house and hagrids extreme lack of tail feathers.
This is the first school bird to get a name, yeti. Due to the feathered feet which were pretty extreame before the bird grew into them. We're not totally sure if yeti is a hen or rooster but it's starting to look like rooster now. He's a cross between Charles, our copper maran, and one of our buff (meaning the orange brown colour) brahma hens. He's got Charles body colours and size and the face and comb of the buff brahma hens. Speaking of Charles though he continues to be an odd duck. In the rooster coop his position on the pecking order is rather odd as dandy, our silky rooster who's on the top, gets regularly punted by Charles are runs away. But Charles runs away from every other rooster without a fight and everyone else but Charles runs from dandy without a fight. Figure that one out.
Yeti does a lot of running about.
Also the "correct" way to use the feeder.
This one I haven't a clue who her parents are but she's super pretty with the dark red on her neck. We had a similar hen but with a yellowish gold in place of the red, not quite like Philip and his daughter but close. Anyways she has something wrong with her one foot and although seemed to be getting better just up and died one day for some reason. Wish I knew what was wrong with the poor girl.
Another laced feathered girl.
This is angel, a silver laced Wyandotte and the mother of all our laced chickens. She gives the best idea of what having laced feathers means with hers being a pretty clear black edges with white on the inside. She's looking kinda funny at the moment as she's moulting and so her feather are falling out and growing back in sections of a sort. You can see some new feathers coming in at the base of the big wing weathers and on her hip in this picture.
Now this friendly boy is confusing all of us as he shouldn't be possible. He has a bared rock as a mother as evident by the black and white feathers in his neck and tail (bared being just another feather colour pattern like laced) but the white of the rest of him shouldn't be possible. The only white chickens we have in the coop that has the rocks is two leghorn hens, and obviously two hens can't make a baby together. The only possibility I can think of is if this is Philips son and there was a throwback where only the cream legbar genes came through since cream legbar roosters have a fair amount of white.
This a polish girl, though her Afro still has to grow yet. Her feathers remind me of a mottled chicken. Mottled being when a chicken has random color splotches instead of any regular pattern like the laced or barred feathers.
This is our rumpless Rhode Island Red. Rumpless chickens have no tail flight feathers and so instead of the rear end of the silhouette going up it goes down. We didn't have any rumpless chickens before her but apparently two of them had the right combo to produce a rumpless bird randomly.
She's quite friendly and extreamly talkative. But she doesn't sit still much so it's hard to get a good picture of her.
This is one that I'm not to sure about, she has a blue earlobe which should indicate silkie but she dosent have the fluffy feathers or five toes. She's also difficult to get a picture of hence this one being crappy.
This is our LGBT chicken. I can't even take a guess as to if this one is a hen or rooster. The comb and wattles say rooster by far, along with the face being brighter red. But it has no fancy tail feathers, neck feathers, or saddle feathers (the ones that droop above the legs on the side close to the tail. Yeti has obvious ones). So I haven't a clue what this one is.
This is one of two roosters that were calling our road runners. They both have a comb and Afro which is an odd combo. This one is a cross between Charles and a polish girl (you can see a pure polish hen in the background). This fellow definitely has charles comb though having said comb try to fit on a much smaller breed (polish are tiny and copper marans are reasonably big) makes it look a bit silly. This guy also has the spiky variety of Afro instead of the combed back version like the girl in the background has.
This is the other road runner. I had to take a video because for the life of me I couldn't get a picture of him that wasn't a blur. I'm not too sure who his parents wound be since he has five toes meaning that he's either a silkie or his mother is Fergie, our svart hona hen who might be a cross and also has five toes. On the other hand he's also got golden fleck which philip was the sole bearer of unless the svart honas true colors have gold since they are black but only because of a gene that gives them the opposite of albinism making them black instead of white. Anyways though he's an awesome little fellow. You can also see two ameracana roosters in the backround and of of them fluffing his feathers. I'm really hoping that at least one of the keeps behaving so we can keep it as they are super pretty and give is hens that could lay green of blue eggs.
If you made it to the end of this book I thank you for your time. Here's a bonus picture of our farm cats snuggles up in a skidsteer seat as thank you.
And a running boo that heard me start the lawnmower.