Flor­rie’s chicks: an up­date

Your Chickens - - Charlotte's Chicken -

Flor­rie’s chicks are grow­ing fast. But the smaller cross­bred chick didn’t make it. I have had this sort of thing hap­pen be­fore. The lit­tle chick be­gan to look un­well; she was hunched up and not keep­ing up with the other two. Mum, Flor­rie, would con­stantly have to give her a wing to shel­ter un­der oth­er­wise she just kept cheep­ing. I am left with the two. Un­for­tu­nately I think both are cock­erels – they looked very dif­fer­ent to start with but one had a white dot on its head which I thought was cu­ri­ous as this is a fea­ture of a Cuckoo Marans cock­erel (they were meant to be Cop­per Blue or Black Marans). Now it def­i­nitely looks like a Cuckoo Marans so my friend has ad­mit­ted that a Cuckoo Marans hen must have sneaked into his breed­ing pen of Cop­per Blacks and laid an egg!

Flor­rie with her chicks. A cuckoo Marans cock­erel is on the left

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