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by Monica Melograna-Ward

The problem with chicks is that you want to keep them all. Some hatch to expectations and some are surprises. When you cross breed, it is a lot of fun to see what will happen.

Two chicks hatched overnight. They are a cross between Rhode Island Red and Americana. The hens are the RIRs and a solid red-orange brown color. The A rooster is a splash mixture of colors.

The surprise is the stripes and both chicks are nearly identical. This indicates that we will probably get a consistent look for the cross, at least with this rooster.

2 Americana x RIR chicks

The markings will probably change with time and it will be interesting to see what they look like as mature  birds. So far, these seem pretty docile. Maybe these are keepers too. We must build more pens.

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