Florrie’s chicks: an update
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