Eventually, four of the eight eggs hatched. We gave the remaining four two more days to hatch, but they didn't. When we checked, one had developed but never hatched, one had started to develop but quit, and two had never even started. I felt that was a good outcome, from eggs shipped from New Jersey to California.
The black and white one is the smallest. She hatched with a crooked wing that hangs down, but I wouldn't consider her unfit. She may not ever be Show Quality, but this isn't a recognized breed anyway.
Kermit describes their heritage:
The great grandmother of these chicks is a tiny white colloncas hen named Lima that came
from an agricultural college in Lima Peru. The
father, Raisin, is a tiny violaceous basket bantam of the colloncas
type. He looks like a violet
black sequin. Raisin's maternal great grandfather and maternal
grandmother were closely-related Rapa Nui colloncas- violaceous- tailed, the
progenitors that the Dutch took to Europe and turned into Quail Bantam, but
the Rapanui equivalent, violaceous and flighty.
Raisin's maternal line was bred in a more or less closed gene pool, only descendants
of little white Lima and the old violaceous rooster from Rapanui. He came fromYamamoto, Raisin's paternal line. That line comes from a similarly closed gene
pool with black colloncas Iwamiya brought back from Peru bred to Wallikiki
basket-bantam, an Oceania equivalent of the Rapanui basket bantam, but the Wallikiki is not violaceous.
The females are orange breasted orange birds. So we had two distinct
lines of Colloncas X Basket Bantam. Their composite is Raisin, these chicks' father..
The mother of the blue eggs was an Andes, a tailed Colloncas, Tiny. The white eggs were from a Paco hen descended from Chilean stock.
Regardless- you've a composite of very
rare cultural monument land races - "Incan Basket."