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I'm still trying to ID some of the ones from my box. I've been outside for the last hour-ish trying to take better pictures of my new chicks. Can anyone help on any of these? Color and/or breed would be great as I'm a total newbie on this!
I've got four of these. They seem to be pretty flighty.
Cochin? If so, what color?
Another cochin? Maybe a blue? Sorry for the blurriness
Cochin? What color variety?
Blue? Splash? What breed?
If I understood correctly, this could be Barred rock or Dominique. Is that correct? I've got probably 2 or 3 of these with clean legs and one similar looking one with feathered legs. See above for a pic of the one with feathered legs.
Look at the comb. If rose, Dominique; if single and yellow feet, Rock; if single and pink feet, Marans (you may not be certain of skin color for a few weeks). For the feather shanked--Barred Cochin or Feather-shanked Cuckoo Marans. The Marans again will have pink feet, Cochin yellow--the Cochin should have more feathering.
Neat yellow/rusty coloration on this one. Only have one of these.
Any idea on any of these chipmunk-ish ones?
YOu can better see the differences in some of the chipmunk like ones in this picture.
For chipmunks, the thing is to look at the comb type and shank color. The browner ones will generally be Black Breasted Red, Golden Duckwing or Spangled (speckled). The grayer ones are probably Silver Duckwing. Of course they can potentially be Easter Eggers.
Edited by popsicle - 3/14/16 at 11:15am
@popsicle, have you just raised a zillion chickens, or are you using the catalog? I am impressed with your ability to identify things. Even when I know what's supposed to be in a mixed batch I can't always tell who's who.
I've certainly raised a few hundred chicks (most from assortments). However, the colors and patterns of chicks correlate to adult plumage. Some are easy: penguin chick = black adult, yellow chick = white adult, head spot = barred/cuckoo. They're all fairly predictable, unless you're dealing with Easter Eggers--but they're "easy" because they are the chicks that you look at and they don't match the true-breeding color patterns (but sometimes they do).
Just think about it like identification of anything with a key:
A. Color of chick:
B. Pattern of chick
C. Comb Type
D. Shank color
E. Shank feathering
I don't stress about it. I know I don't have blackhead on my property and considering they hatch them together, I'm assuming they don't have blackhead there, either.
I can't wait to see what you guys get.
I see. That's what I've gleened from reading around here. I wonder if there is anyway to test for it.