After months, even years of discussion, my boyfriend & I finally brought home a bundle of joy in the form of 6 baby chicks! 3 of which are sexed pullets (I'm assuming buff orpington based on their feather colors) 1 white silkie bantam (who I've decided is a pullet) & 2 black "silkie bantams." However, after two weeks of intense observation I've decided there's no way these black birds are silkies. One of them doesn't even have black skin! I though maybe I got some austrolorps & was happy with that, but one of them does have black skin! As far as I know, the only readily available birds with black skin are silkies. So... any thoughts? Here are the babes:
this is Sunny, my real silkie.
This babe is nameless because I was afraid she could be a cockerel. She has some reddish/purple sheen to her feathers in the sun.
This is the bird in question. Black skin, smaller than her black counterpart (but bigger than Sunny) but no leg feathers & her feathers aren't crimpy like Sunny.
Thanks everyone!! Even if I don't know what kind they are, it's fun to guess. What really matters is that they are happy, healthy chicks! <3