Response to May 2 Scratchings
The question of the day seems to be: "why
are some chicks yellow, and some black?"
It's all in their genes which they get from
their parents. Just as we humans may have our
"mother's hair", our "father's nose", or our
"great-uncle's eyes", the chicks have feather
patterns they inherit from their parents,
grandparents, and so on. The chick's "family tree"
is called a "breed". To read about some breeds,
check out the Standard
Varieties of Chickens page.
C.D.Gregory: May 2, 1996