What is this cutie.? it hatched a week before the others did and I thought for sure the rest were gonners LOL waited and waited I was getting worried, while I kept this little cutie inthe bator till the others hatched, I fed and watered it in there too. Didn't want it to be by itself in the brooder box.
all the rest look like the second picture. and BTW. This was by far my best hatch rate ever, I posted awhile back that the bator was unplugged for over a day . Didn't make much difference to these chicks. Out of 3 dozen. I hatched everyone that was fertile which was l8, the rest weren't fertile. Best I ever did before.
I wish I could do chickens that good. I think my humidity hasn't ever been watched as well as it was this time, I actually had a humidity guage in the bator and I think that helped me tremendously.
The guineas are suppose to be pearl guineas. Bought the eggs at the local feedstore. for 3.00 a doz. when he sold the guineas for 5 to 8 dollars each. depending on their size.
anyways, What's this one? a half breed? ugly duckling? LOL OH the poor baby going to be so made fun of all his little life.
Wow, what a surprise! I'm not sure, but to me it looks like a RIR crossed with something else chick. How long is is the incubation period for guineas? If it is 28 days then it would make sense that this is a chick and hatched a week earlier.
put all the eggs in the bator on June 8th that one hatched out on the 28th or 29th I think may be a day later, the others started hatching on the 3rd of July there abouts. I didn't write down the hatching dates, forgot to. but the chicken stayed in the bator for 5 days before the others hatched. I don't think it was a chicken egg, but I guess it's possible. They all looked like guinea eggs and were all that same size. but could have been a small chicken eggand they though t it was a guinea and stuck it in with the guinea eggs.
The folks that sold me these eggs, only have 2 kinds of chickens at their house as far as I know. their the welsummers and the cockoo marans. I'll have to ask if they have RIR's there too.
Wow, guineas can cross with chickens? Wonder what those come out to look like? If the people have Welsummers I bet that's what he is. I've never had them or really ever seen any. My guess was RIR crossed with something only because a bunch of our chicks right now look a lot like yours. He is so cute! I keep clicking on his pic to see!
I've hatched many Welsumers. Your little chick looks more like a hen to me. The roos are a bit darker.
What I find anecdotal is that you believed a Welsumer egg was a Guinea Fowl egg. My Welsumer eggs are 2.5X's larger in size than my Guinea Fowl eggs. They are a deep chocolate brown color ... almost chestnut colored. Guinea Fowl eggs are pointed ... conical at one end and are SMALL pale creamy brown eggs size ... vs Welsumer eggs being Extra Large.
Welcome to raising poultry ... its great to being a beginner or a long time poultry person.
All the eggs were the same size and shape as guinea eggs, I would have noticed a dark brown egg in there for sure.
You know, I've bought chicken eggs from this same couple before , remember I said all they had was welsummers and cockoo marans, well, not one of their eggs are dark brown. kind of weird.
but there definitely wasnt any brown eggs and chicken eggs in the bator, you know the funny shape of a guinea egg, it kind of stands out, and they all looked like guinea, wish I paid closer attention, but I swear this thing came from a guinea egg or a very small very light colored egg that closely resembled a guinea egg.
Next time I go to town (friday) i'll stop by there and ask them, about their not so brown welsummer and cockoo maran eggs. I often wondered the same thing when I go into their feedstore they got the eggs for sale and none are brown brown, just light brown.
I'll post here when I find out something about them.
These are my Welsummers as chicks. The picture shows a Marans (black), a Buff Orpington (dark yellow), A Delaware (lemon yellow), two RIR (light red) and 2 Welsummers (dark brown and stripey). Maybe yours is a hybrid?
Well in breeding a hybrid is a cross between two distinct and different parents, usually different species (like a lion crossed with a tiger). But the term is used pretty loosely. Chickens aren't really different species, but they consider a cross between two different breeds a hybrid. In this case it could either be a cross between two different chicken breeds--or, and more interestingly, it could be a true interspecies cross between a Guinea Fowl and a Chicken--and if the egg looked like a Guinea egg it would mean the mother was a Guinea hen and the father was a Chicken roo. If it is a chicken hybrid it would be fertile--but most interspecies crosses are infertile (like donkey X horse=sterile mule). Time will tell:0)
gosh, learn something new every day. I didn't realize all that. This really looks like a chicken though , don't you think? doesn't look like it has any guinea in it.
I'm going to go by the feedstore tomorrow and talk to him abou t this baby. ask him if his welsummer and cockoo marans lay light colored eggs and ask if he has other chickens besides those two kinds. he once told me he only had those two but he sells allkinds that he gets off the net. so I would imagine he has to try growing all of the breeds.
he also has several breeds of dogs, pot belly pigs and several other creatures of his he sells the offsprings of LOL Those pot belly pigs are the cutest things when their babies
Well, tf---No! Unless Fontina stops crouching and starts crowing;0) But Pecky does seem to be a roo, doesn't he? Did his sickle feathers grow back? (in other words one of the chicks in the pic is a roo and one is a pullet).
Supposedly with Welsummers you can sex the young chicks because the little pullets are darker and have more pronounced "Vs" on their heads. But I didn't notice it with these. Pecky's comb started earlier but then sort of stalled. He was always bigger.
It is similar with Barnevelders (which were used to create Welsummers) but it is easier because the little roos have big white breasts and the pullet are grey or tan there. But the pullets are darker too and feather out earlier.
I think kathy_ann's little baby looks all chick and maybe part Welsummer--but I've never really seen a guinea/chicken hybrid. This should be interesting!
It looks exactly like my one cross I had to hatch this spring.. I will try to get a picture soon.. My rooster was the daddy and a guinea mama.. He was the only hatch out of about 14 guinea eggs..He was hatched the old fashioned way.. Under a bantam hen, lol..
Mine is very vocal, but sounds more like a chicken than a guinea..
I have 8 baby keets that are now about 10-11 weeks old..Mama guinea sat on them in the old corn crib..Caught them up and put in the brooder..
Like I said ... if the egg was a guinea egg ... the chick is a hybrid. They are unusual. It can lay eggs if it is a hen. I'd cull it if it were mine. FYI ... Not all mules are sterile .. to be accurate ... 90%+ of them are sterile but there have been MANY documented cases of fertile mules. Kelly in Moxee
Hi josh. Here is a link that is a little technical, but does discuss the concept of interspecific hybridization and fertility as it relates to speciation (the creation of distinct species). If you wade through the jargon there are some nice examples and pictures of interspecific hybrids and reasons for the sterility of many interspecific hybrids.
Well, The store wasn't opened, which concerns me, the phone has been disconnected and I went by there the other day and they weren't open, I think something bad has happened. to Him maybe her not sure, he's older man, I'm a litttle worried, they were such nice folks. Hope it'snothing serious, but I can't find out anything abou tthis little chicken unless they open back up. maybe a death in the family but the phone being disconnected bothers me. It was a nice place to get chickens, geese, ducks guineas and eggs and feed, plants, seeds, you name it. family owned. and run. Sorry I couldn't find out anything on the chicken
yes, we did hav eone other one go out of business also. but gosh they didn't sell out of everything like the other feedstore did. they had it completely stocked 2 weeks ago when I was in there. but the economy is getting so bad, I do't know how they stayed up and going anyways, they didn't have a good feed business, they were high dollar. on their feed.
Hmmmmmmm I dont know what to tell ya. I was, as like alot of others, hoping to find out what that little guy or gal was. I guess now we are going to have to wait a few months to find out. Keep us informed.
I will post updated photos, I'm also going to continue to drive by that place when I go to town, weird , Dh doesn't think they went out of business, cause the store is still fully stocked. not sure why the phone is disconnected, could be just something wrong with it.
I thought it strange the other day when I drove by at l0:00 and they weren't open. will keep trying though
Maybe post a note on the door with some way of getting ahold of you, yea I know that would give anyone else your contact info also. Just a thought. Any thing else around them that maybe you could walk up to and ask?
Reason Im saying this, I live in a rather large town but I do most of my business in a small town and every body knows everybody, you know the saying someone sneezes and the whole town says bless you. Maybe someone might know something. Or just a vacation.
the bottom pic is a pearl guinea keet. the top looks to me like it is a guinea cross welsummer which is called a crossbreed. if it lives it is a female because male guinea cross don't live ver a few weeks old. if u look on feathersite.com u can see pics of such crosses and there should be a little info on them. the chicken breed would be different but same concept. i just hatched out pearl, pieds and lavanders, they r so adorable!!!
OH wow!, I sure hope it lives, would be so dissapointing if it didn't. Thanks for the help silkiechick.
What's a keet? this is my first time with guineas, the guy did tell me they were pearl. that would be the grey with white specks all over right? i'll have to go check out that site. I've never seen these babies run so fast, seems to be twice as fast as chicken babies.
i'm always here everyday even if i don't post or have time to read alot,lol. i have just been swamped with stuff and since all 5 kid's r now home for summer.
ur very welcome kathy and yes that is what color it will be. i don't raise them but i have hatched them out for many people the last few years. the ones i just did r for my granny but she now only wants a couple, eekk i have 8 and more eggs in!! i must say the little lavanders have really caught my eye. i'll have to take pics tomarrow so u can see the 2 colors i have different than urs. i may talk dh into letting me keep a few,lol.
if it is a crossbreed yes it will be sterile and as it grows it should show more cariteristics(sp,lol) of the guinea. it's a cute little bugger that's for sure!!
The Iowa Blue chicken breed is reputed to be a result of a ring neck pheasant and Barred Rock cross. The progeny were originally close to 75% sterile. But the continued offspring increased in fertility resulting in a new breed. The Iowa Blue breed is repuuted to sound quite a lot like a pheasant. Crossbreeds are usually sterile.
i'm sorry, I've been out of town all day long, first thing tomorrow. I promise.
it's sure weird looking. got the little comb on top of it's head, alot of guinea coloring. we'll let you all see it tomorrow. i'v been so busy putting up the veggies in the garden and we had to go up to Clinton today and that put me out of pocket all day. i'mstill canning tonight, making pickles, and canning zipper peas and lady finger and purple hull peas. almost done. i'm so tired.
tomorrow. promise. so sorry i've not posted apicture.
I just had a silkie and a guinea hatch had planned on keeping them together until I read that chickens and guineas can breed I don't want that cause I would like to have purebreed silkies maybe I should get rid of the guineas my dh hates them anyway.
This little oddity is somewhat rare ... so count yourself as special. Its not the 1st I've read of or seen but close and I've been involved with poultry since I was 8 years old ... off and on ... mostly off.