Stafford mosaic chick in its baby molt. Note the old colored feathers are coming in white!
Colored feathers are coming in white on the back too!
The crest is developing nicely. Although the red color is disappearing the melanin will stay. So this bird will likely have a grizzled crest. Note the nice small beak! Small beaks give the head a very nice look where large beaks give the bird a coarse or mean look.
Feathering needs to come in white around the beak in a hen but colored in a cock.
Mosaic color patterns. Type 1 is the hen pattern, type 2 the cock pattern.
Bottom three pictures from DKB /AZ Farben- und Positurkanarienstandard. Germany
Featuring a Stafford Mosaic Chick in the Baby Molt
What fun it is to watch mosaic chicks develop their beautiful patterns after their baby molt. It requires some patience, however, as it will take considerable time to develop their full potential, just in time for show season!