Originally Posted by BantamoftheOpera
I've never gotten chicks through TSC before. My EE did look like a chipmunk as a chick, but I have a friend who got about 10 breeder EE's last year and each of them looked very different as chicks. This spring I am ordering a Welsummer and an EE in my batch of bantams and I was worried about trying to distinguish which one is which. Then I remembered that EE's are very likely to have green legs, and the other breeds will not. So I would suggest looking at the legs if you can if you decide to go the TSC route. Also you can try to tell the silkes and cochins apart by looking to see if they are starting to have a raised crest. The silkies should have those to my knowledge, but I am less familiar with this. Somebody correct me if I am wrong please.
Afaik, they will always have the slate/greeny legs. And if that's the only breed that looks like a chipmunk *and* has the colored legs, I might be ok. I don't know that they will let me get in there and pick them up, though. I think with the silkies, if they are white, they should have the teal beak, but since I don't have any, I'm also not real familiar with them as day old chicks, either. I mean, I'm not sure they will let me pick them up and count toes (since I'm pretty sure cochins only have 4) and check skin color, lol. Although, maybe the one guy will since he already knows me..... it just feels like a total crap shoot since they never know what they'll be getting and then they can't even tell you what they are......