Who's my mother?
We had a buff Orpington hatch 5 eggs on Tuesday. She's our only laying buff, and we also have 5 RIRs and 4 silver laced wyandottes in with one RIR rooster. Of the five chicks, 3 are dark red like RIR chicks, one is a pale yellow like a buff orp chick and the 5th is a dark red with a V shape on the back of its head. I know RIR x with SLW are sexlinked, but which color is the pullet and which is cockerel? And which breed of hen might this one's egg have originally come from? She sat on 6 eggs that were all laid within 2 days, so 5 of the 6 eggs had to have come from other hens.
Any chicks that feather in with black and white coloring are definitely going to be male. The female chicks from the Wyandottes are going to be very similar to the Buff mixes and the Rhode Island Red chicks; since they will all be varying shades of red/gold.
The good news is that your breeds all have specific, defining dominant characteristics. Orpingtons have white skin, and that should pass to all the Orpington mix chicks. Wyandottes have rose combs (flat wedge shape), and should pass to all the Wyandotte mixes. The Rhode Island Reds are the only ones that should have both single combs and yellow skin.
But the differences in skin color might not be apparent for another couple weeks.
Still not great pictures, but the best I could manage at the time.
Thanks junebuggena. We have one Wyandotte with a single comb. My understanding is that it's a recessive gene related to fertility and some hatcheries keep a few single comb hens with their breeding stock. I wonder How that would effect her offspring when crossed with a single comb rooster.