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How to tell baby chick breeds apart?

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Hi everyone,

I ordered my first group of baby chicks from McMurray late last year, and they are scheduled to arrive soon!!  I am absolutely thrilled!

My main question at this point is, how do I tell the chicks apart?  I ordered White Leghorn, Black Star, Silver-laced Polish, Buff-laced Polish, and Ameracauna chicks.  Because of the minimum order, I ordered more chicks than I want to end up with as layers.  If I wanted to sell or give away the extra chicks to friends, how will I know which ones are which?

Thanks so much for any advice!

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We just hang around the chicks so much we could recognize them even if they were the same breed. Yours are different breeds so they will be different colors. Some people put bands on their legs or paint the chicks' toenails different colors.
Try to find someone to sell/give your chicks to if you don't want extras; craigslist and freecycle are great.

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Look on feathersite.com . They may have some pics of your birds in mature and Chickie states.

There is a thread on here that has online hatchery places. You could look on these to see if they have pics of your birds as babies.

Do searches on Google for each of your birds name and you probably will find pic of them as chook babies.

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Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


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THe white leghorns will be yellow, the black star will be black, the SL polish will be grey with a little puff on his head, the buff will be a light cream with a puff and the ameraucana will have chipmunk stripes and green legs.

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Originally Posted by rimshoes 

Look on feathersite.com . They may have some pics of your birds in mature and Chickie states.

There is a thread on here that has online hatchery places. You could look on these to see if they have pics of your birds as babies.

Do searches on Google for each of your birds name and you probably will find pic of them as chook babies.


Could you post that link again,  I can't get that one to work even by googling.  I keep getting the link appears broken.  It may be something I'm doing wrong.

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www.feathersite.com
That should work...

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post #8 of 12
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Thanks so much, guys - they are easier to tell apart than I thought they would be!

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I just got my order of 16 chicks, 10 different breeds.
Can anyone tell the diff between Speckled Sussex, Welsummer, Golden Campine and Ameraucana?
I should have only 3 Ameraucanas, but 4 seem to have chipmunk striping.  I guess I can wait, and I did try feathersite.com, but I still can't id them.

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Since the Ameraucanas are not actually so, but Easter Eggers - They can vary from light chipmunk to a dark reddish brick color, so they're a little tricky. Usually the way to tell though is is they have little fluffy cheeks. smile

The Sussex I'd guess to be those red and white striped ones.

The Welsummers should have yellow legs. The Easter Eggers generally have green legs, but can also have yellow.

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