Eagle and Inga's fourth chick is two weeks old now. I've been watching his pin feathers starting to come in, and I am excited that none of them are pink! Pink Bourke's are beautiful, however, with these parents, pink will mean girl and brown will mean boy. Six female Bourke's have hatched here so far, and I was beginning to despair of ever getting a male chick.
So I am very pleased to have my first male, and it's starting to look like the younger chick may also be a boy. He doesn't seem to be getting any pink either. He looks pretty much like the first male did four days ago.
If they are both boys, then they will both be Bronze Fallows, and split to Opaline (Rosey).
More than likely, I will keep them both, because I am still in the beginning stages of building up my breeding stock. It will be good to have some males that were born and raised here. I think they will breed more readily than the birds I bought, and which have had to go through an adjustment period after they moved here.
But they need two years to reach maturity, so only time will tell what kind of parents they will make.