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Hi there everyone. I've had an interesting phenomena going on recently. It's actually been a bit of an argument between my boss and I, but being that he's, you know, my boss, and he wants to chalk it up to "hatchery quality", then that's what's gonna happen. But the differences have been very marked lately.

A few months back, we had a big order of chicks come in, as happens when you work at a chicken store. We had, I don't know, maybe 100 Barnevelders in the order. No rocks except the Barred variety. However, even the very first day, I noticed some oddities among the chicks - some of them were a very basic chipmunk, some were darker and had nearly black heads, and others were a very light chipmunk. I ended up taking home three of the chicks, as I was running low on layers this season and hadn't had a Barnevelder before. I took one of each "color".

Since then, two have been maturing into perfectly normal Barnevelders. A dark brown feather with black lacing, yellowish legs, single comb. It's actually been a pain to distinguish them from my hatchery Dark Cornish pullets - they're both so wiley it's a pain to get close enough to distinguish the comb and body types! Anywho, the third one - the lightest chick - has matured into, well, from what I can tell, a Partridge Rock.

I've also been working with this same stock of Barnevelders at work, as only a few sold as chicks and the rest were taken to the barn for growing, and returned to the shop at 8 weeks old. And I'd say... about 1/4 of them look(ed) exactly like Partridge Rocks.

My boss is convinced they're just a poor hatchery quality. And at first, I was inclined to agree, but... although the rest at work have sold, the way my girls are growing... the "Rock" looks nothing like her sisters.

Opinions?







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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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post #2 of 9

I'm guessing it's a Barnevelder mix (hatchery stock). The comb is much too small to be a Partridge Plymouth Rock--and the coloring is very poor.

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post #4 of 9

I'm leaning more toward the Rock side, myself, but it really doesn't fit either breed....have you contacted the hatchery to see what they say? Sometimes that's good for a laugh if nothing else.

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Rachel BB

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post #5 of 9

Wow, this is a tough one. Looking at those triple laced feathers, it could be either variety, but I'm thinking it's likely a hatchery quality Barnevelder since that's specifically the breed you ordered.

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I'm leaning towards Barnavelder, but it can be hard to tell with hatchery birds.

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Originally Posted by donrae View Post
 

I'm leaning more toward the Rock side, myself, but it really doesn't fit either breed....have you contacted the hatchery to see what they say? Sometimes that's good for a laugh if nothing else.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

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post #8 of 9
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Thanks for the opinons everybody! I think I'm going to go ahead and ask my boss which hatchery he got them from, maybe send them an email. She's a good bird regardless, but she definitely looks nothing like her sisters.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by QueenMisha View Post

Thanks for the opinons everybody! I think I'm going to go ahead and ask my boss which hatchery he got them from, maybe send them an email. She's a good bird regardless, but she definitely looks nothing like her sisters.


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