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532787_10150877487169069_16786872_n.jpgI had a hen (Ameracauna) go broody and gave her a few eggs to set on. Two of the three hatched. I was sure the hen that laid the eggs was the BA and I only have the one rooster (BR) in with the flock. Since both the mom and dad had been black as chicks, that is what I expected these to be, however, they were pale yellow at hatch with a little black spot on head. Now at a few weeks old, they look to be turning a very pale grey. Anyone else have experience with this cross? Or is it more likely that the eggs were from a RIR hen? I would welcome some opinions! Thanks


Edited by Lesler5 - 6/25/12 at 11:57am
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can you post a picture of the chicks?

what breeds of hens to you have? do you have any blue or splash hens?

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i've run a few hatches with an australorp roo and the ladies being white rocks and buff orps. had a variety of interesting colors with gray barring and penciling, and variations on that with light browns also. i even had a nice barred tricolor roo (red, black, and gray). got a 6 week old that could pass  as a barred rock
 

here's a shot of a few of my 3 older ones

roos.jpg

 

my youngest hatch here as day olds (about 3 wks currently)

2012-06-11 21.21.35.jpg

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can you post a picture of the chicks?

what breeds of hens to you have? do you have any blue or splash hens?

Just posted the pic. One chick is about 5 days older than the other. I was sure the oldest one was from an Australorp egg. The second also, although the egg was kind of broken up so it may have been from RIR or the red star hen. I also have a golden laced wyandotte, and silver pencilled rock hens.

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i've run a few hatches with an australorp roo and the ladies being white rocks and buff orps. had a variety of interesting colors with gray barring and penciling, and variations on that with light browns also. i even had a nice barred tricolor roo (red, black, and gray). got a 6 week old that could pass  as a barred rock
 

here's a shot of a few of my 3 older ones

roos.jpg

 

my youngest hatch here as day olds (about 3 wks currently)

2012-06-11 21.21.35.jpg

Very cute. I had really expected mine to look like your chicks with white underneath and darker on top.

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I should also note that the chicks are only about 2 weeks old in the picture when the pale grey was just starting in their wings. Now they are like that all over.

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if the mom is a "americana" and not an EE than id expect the chicks to be black to, but if she is actully an EE than the chicks could be white since the mother is a mix

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if the mom is a "americana" and not an EE than id expect the chicks to be black to, but if she is actully an EE than the chicks could be white since the mother is a mix

The Ameracauna hen was just the broody who hatched the chicks, it wasn't her eggs for sure. The rooster defintely barred rock. I thought the mom was the black australorp but now I am second guessing based on the fact that the chicks aren't black like both mom and dad were. Just wondering if anyone else has mixed these breeds. Or if there is a possibility that the mom egg was a RIR or redstar?

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if you have red sexlinks, I bet the chicks are from them.

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if you have red sexlinks, I bet the chicks are from them.

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