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Two years ago I bought 6 Isa Brown Pullets from Tractor Supply.  They turned out to be black with red tipped feathers on their necks. looking more like Marans.I kept three of them and bought a rooster that is a crossbreed. This year I decided to set up my incubator and hatch some eggs. I get three different sizes and three different colors of brown eggs from these three hens, My first hatch yielded three black chicks with light underside and seven yellow with brown and white striped backs. Could the difference in chicks be coming from the rooster?

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Do you have photos of the hens, rooster and chicks?
Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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:welcome

 

From your description, your hens are black sex links, not ISA browns. 

 

Since sex links are themselves cross breed birds, mixing them with a mixed breed rooster will easily give you chicks that are all over the place, color wise. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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