There is an early little black chick because I also got some of Ralf's "Copper black maran" eggs, these lovely black hens with copper neck plumage lay eggs with dark chocolate shells that are good for farm gate sales. I got eggs from Ralf and an English breeder so that the two lines are as genetically distinct as possible and will produce very fertile eggs.
As I explained to the Editor (Kilchoan Diary) in the pub earlier. ......In the past I could have rattled off a post like this in minutes, now I have to switch between computers, the new "tablet" which is like learning computers all over again and the old laptop that has all of then images on it. But its always the same when I change computers it takes forever to learn the new systems.