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Ten little chicks, what could they be?

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So my husband spontaneously came home from the feed store today with ten chicks. I am a duck person. I know ducks. But I know very little about chickens and was wondering if I could get some help on breeds.

There are two spotted chicks like this:


Two caramel colored ones like this:


Two black and whites like this:


A dark brown one:


A grayish one:


I do know the two yellow ones like this are buff orphingtons


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If they're from a Feedstore that makes it much easier since Feedstores, especially this early in the season, dont usually get wild and exotic breeds. 

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Hey chicken people! smile.png

So my husband spontaneously came home from the feed store today with ten chicks. I am a duck person. I know ducks. But I know very little about chickens and was wondering if I could get some help on breeds.

There are two spotted chicks like this: Probably a Easter Egger, if it doesn't have a beard I'd say Wyandotte.


Two caramel colored ones like this: Rhode Island Reds or Production Red (or similar Breed)


Two black and whites like this: Could be Barred Plymouth Rocks, or Mottled Javas. There are a lot of breeds that have the 'Penguin' Colouring as chicks, it'll be easier when they start growing out feathers.


A dark brown one:  Also an Easter Egger.


A grayish one:  Probably a Barred Rock or Similar.


I do know the two yellow ones like this are buff orphingtons


More pics:




Hope I helped a little bit ^^

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Thanks, that does help a lot! Man, I know nothing about chicks. One of them has pasty butt and I've been reading up on how to clean it. I've hatched and raised many ducklings and none have ever gotten pasty butt, so this is new to me. It's also strange how different chicks are. They kick and scratch and peck everything, lol. One nice thing is they don't play in their water all day, so the brooder stays nice and dry smile.png
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Thanks, that does help a lot! Man, I know nothing about chicks. One of them has pasty butt and I've been reading up on how to clean it. I've hatched and raised many ducklings and none have ever gotten pasty butt, so this is new to me. It's also strange how different chicks are. They kick and scratch and peck everything, lol. One nice thing is they don't play in their water all day, so the brooder stays nice and dry smile.png

 They're always so fun! But they get to their ugly teenage stage too fast XD chickens are pretty strange compared to ducks (though I've never hatched or raised any) and Lucky yours dont play in the water, I have a few chicks here that think they're ducks XD

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 They're always so fun! But they get to their ugly teenage stage too fast XD chickens are pretty strange compared to ducks (though I've never hatched or raised any) and Lucky yours dont play in the water, I have a few chicks here that think they're ducks XD

Haha yes, teen birds are rarely pretty. Teen. Ducks look goofy as heck. But holy schmoly, chick poo smells a hundred times worse than duckling poo! I was not expecting that lol.
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Can anyone tell me when it's possible to know the sex of young chickens and what to look for? I know nothing about chicks, only ducks.
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Can anyone tell me when it's possible to know the sex of young chickens and what to look for? I know nothing about chicks, only ducks.

Im curious as well! We picked up 6 from the local feed store a few days ago and im anxious to know what we have, and name them!
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They grey one is likely a Barred Rocks. They're black and white with a white spot on the back of their heads. I have two:

 

 

The other two black and white ones look like Black Australorps, but it's hard to tell when they're so tiny! It looks a little bit like an Olive Egger, but Easter Eggers and Olive Eggers have no standard and can look like just about anything.

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2 Cats, 1 Dog, and 20 Chickens (2 Buff Brahams, 1 Partridge Cochin, 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Wyandottes, 3 Cream Legbars, 2 Russian Orloffs, 3 Show Girls, and 3 Blue Silkies)
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Can anyone tell me when it's possible to know the sex of young chickens and what to look for? I know nothing about chicks, only ducks.

 

Sexing chickens is really difficult when they're young and not something that most people are going to be able to do until they're 10-17 weeks old. The roosters will start to get larger/redder combs and wattles and they'll have more prominent saddle and tail feathers. Also crowing is a giveaway.

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2 Cats, 1 Dog, and 20 Chickens (2 Buff Brahams, 1 Partridge Cochin, 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Wyandottes, 3 Cream Legbars, 2 Russian Orloffs, 3 Show Girls, and 3 Blue Silkies)
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