Here we are, 2 days later. Phoenix is doing awesome! He's a great little chick and is full of spunk and life! We named him Phoenix because after the many times we thought he would not make it, he kept on trucking! This was due to mom getting on the wrong nest, etc.
About the HE.......
Another crazy thing to note. I found specific info regarding the cross breeding. The rooster is a Welsummer. The mother is a Barred Rock. Apparently, this cross produces sex-linked babies. Remember back to middle school science. There is a flow chart. Anyway....with this cross....any females would be born looking like Grun did as a baby...brown with chipmunk stripes. Males would be colored like the Barred Rock babies...black with white spot on the head (COUGH COUGH CHOKE). Females in the black would have no white spot on the head. No males would be born in the Welsummer pattern in this generation. So according to science.....and you have to trust that....I mean, it's no mystery if there is a stinkin flow chart, eh? ... we got ourselves a roo. Lila's possible replacement. WITH Lila's stinkin' mean ass genes. Weissy is bossy as well. The only thing I can do is brainwash him. I whisper things like: YOU won't attack me...YOU are a sweet boy...Mommy loves you....Your Daddy's a jerk. Time will tell if it works.....The awesome thing about this.....he will look like this:
Had he been born a female in the black coloring....she would be solid black with some red popping through. Nothing exciting. So here's to him getting along with the others, being a sweet boy...and if he and Lila are friends....well....we have the whole summer to decide what to do with that stinker.
Here's afew pics of Momma (Auntie Grun) and baby to make you ooooh and aaaaah. :)
Congrats to Auntie Grun for being such a good surrogate Mama! Hope the final 3 eggs continue to thrive and we have no more accidents! 2 weeks to go!
Phoenix is quiet now...he must finally be asleep. He's an active little dude!
:) Peace out....shhhhhh....baby's sleeping.