I recently hatched a dozen Dark Barred Plymouth Rock chicks, they are now 9 weeks old.
I saw the stock they came from, all appeared to be correct with dark colouring and good barring. The resulting chicks were a really mixed bunch though. There was a creamy white chick, 3 black chicks with white tipped wings, and 8 chicks of differing darkness with barring. Just wondering how common this is to end up with a few random looking chicks from this breed or has something gone ammis with breeding/egg collection?
Anyway, I have kept four (the neighbour took the rest) but really only want 2 hens and I'm sure at least one of them is, but thought the experts might be able to guess what the other 3 could be, I have a bad feeling they are all boys.
The light ones:
The dark ones - the one at the back is the one I'm sure is female:
The difference in colour:
Group shot - what do you all think? (sorry about the fuzzy head, its so hard to take photo's of moving chickens on my phone!):