They loved sunbathing - including one (sex unsure) that first looked black (with all black down), but now has a lot of copper highlights (and white face markings):
And some other assorted shots showing the different colors/patterns in their baby feathers:
I would welcome anyone offering "proper" names for any of these feather color/patterns (though I realize they will grow into adult plumage) - I'm stuck with light brown, dark brown, red brown, brown back, black brown...
I am SOOOOOO glad to get them outside!!!
- Ant Farm
Some white on chicks from black chicken breeds is normal, these go away by first adult molt.
Blacks developing a lot of either brown or white are usually based the Birchen pattern. Birchen is the name of the gene itself but is also used to use the color in some breed- birchen modern games for example. Other hobby names are brown red, gold birchen, black copper, red crowwing.
Most of the chicks would be described as black tail buffs or reds. genetically wheaten with columbian(Co) gene added. Co likes to restrict the black pigments to the neck, tail and wing tips leaving the body that 'mostly clear' color.