Here are the two chicks that were "surprise" hatches earlier this week. They are both part Red Frizzle Bantam (Little Buddy) and part Buff Silkie (don't know which of the three hens though). They do look a LOT alike, but there are slight differences.
The chick on the left was the first one to hatch. She (I'm optimistic!) has feathered legs and only four toes (normal) like her father, Little Buddy, but she has more of a head crown (poofy head feathers) like her mother, who is a Silkie.
The chick on the right was the second one to hatch. She (I'm optimistic!) also has feathered legs like her father, Little Buddy, but she also has the extra toe that is a characteristic of the Silkie breed (she got that from her mother). This chick doesn't have as much of a head crown though. Neither of them have the black skin that is a characteristic of the Silkie breed.
I think mixed breed chicks are so interesting ... especially when you KNOW what the two breeds are that created the mix!
We had an egg in the incubator pip (start to hatch) yesterday, but it didn't make it. I'm really disappointed, too... I really wanted that specific breed cross (Pippy a buff polish + Little Buddy a red frizzle bantam). Another chick pipped this morning, and is still working on hatching. It will be exciting to see what kind of cross it is! I'm waiting for four other chicks to pip today, too. Cross your fingers they do well!
Update: Another egg has pipped!! Come on BABIES!