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How do I pick which baby chicks to bring home from the feed store?

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I am going to the feed store to pick up 10 baby wyandottes both silver and golden (half of each).  What characteristics do I look for to get the most attractive adult bird?  Is darker better?  Some particular pattern?  some behavior characteristic?  Thanks in advance for any advice.

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At this age you can't tell much of anything in terms of body type or quality. Get the biggest, most active chicks you can see, since health is about all that can be determined at this age. If you are looking to stay more true to breed make sure they have nice mostly orange-yellow legs and flat rose combs beginning the sprout just above their beaks. Reject anything with an upright, serrated combs.

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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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At this age you can't tell much of anything in terms of body type or quality. Get the biggest, most active chicks you can see, since health is about all that can be determined at this age. If you are looking to stay more true to breed make sure they have nice mostly orange-yellow legs and flat rose combs beginning the sprout just above their beaks. Reject anything with an upright, serrated combs.


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