When you buy chicks, most folks buy them sexed, for a whole host of reasons. Many folks can not have roosters in the city. Even if you can have roosters, too many are problems because of too much testosterone.I have heard many a story of a nice or good rooster. The only roosters I have had have been hard on the hens, and wanting to attack us and our dog. I would prefer not to have the hassle of roosters. For this reason I generally buy sexed, female chicks. Sexing is somewhere between 80-90% accurate. Even in the best case scenario you will sooner or later get a rooster or two. This year the jury is not in but we think we got two out of six.
So if getting a couple of roosters was not a big enough surprise, I also got an unexpected breed. Instead of getting two Blue Laced Red Wyandottes we got two Blue Andalusian. That was the bigger surprise. I had never seen or heard of them before. I picked up my chicks when the regular chick lady was gone at the ranch supply. I thought the blue chicks they packaged up weren’t right. Wyandottes have a tendency to be mottled or chipmunk marked. My blue chicks were solid blue. Because the RLRW are somewhat rare, I did not question the staff, but assumed that my limited experience with these breed was the reason for the difference. The store was a couple of hours from the house, so at that point what was I to do, it was what it was.
This is the male. He is a handsome fella, though they sport a single comb, something I stay away from due to the harsh climate here. So far he is a pretty pleasant fella. I’d like to hold on to him for awhile and see how he turns out.
Here is the female. She was a lot more cooperative when trying to photograph her. They are eight weeks old right now. They are a pretty amazing blue color. What a fun surprise.