Okay so this is slightly odd, but really quite natural... bear with me!
There is a rooster in our freezer right now who has just become a father.
The hatchers: our usual broody pair.
Here's wee little Bonus Chick, fresh out of the egg.
And here he/she is the next day, all fluffed up.
The father: a handsome Light Sussex that we hatched last October. Neatly packaged in our freezer since about a month ago.
A few days after the roosters departed, our super-broody Wyandotte took to the nest again. After a few days of this I decided to throw a few of our own collected eggs under her and see what happened. As I suspected her usual partner-in-broodiness joined in soon after. And three weeks after that, we had a chick! Just the one. But any is a bonus.
So who was the mother? It could have been any of our three Wyandottes or our Wyandotte/Australorp cross. (The two girls from our October hatch are still a way off laying so there was no chance of in-breeding.) It will be interesting to see how this little baby's colouring develops. I only hope with all fingers and toes crossed that it is a girl.
- Jane x