2 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jatsma, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. jatsma

    jatsma Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2015
    Canada, Saskatchewan
    I've got 30 unsexed chicks at the age of two weeks. 15 ameraucana and 15 new hamshier reds. Today I noticed only one NHR has brown legs while the other 14 have pink cute legs and then I noticed all 15 of my ameraucana have brown legs also. What could this be. I am a newbie, sorry.
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    some chicks have different colored legs
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    Americana should have green legs, not sure why they are brown they might change color as the get older. I have a couple of mixed Americana that have splashed legs, they have two different color on the legs. Give them as change to grown up and see what happens.
  4. jatsma

    jatsma Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2015
    Canada, Saskatchewan
    the one with the brownish legs NHR
    [​IMG] and s/he is also the smallest and less feathered out like his brother [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Leg color should be according to standard, but hatcheries breed for production quality over standard. True Ameraucana would be grey or slate, sometimes willow depending upon the color. New Hampshire should be yellow.

    You ordered Ameraucana, but only a couple of hatcheries actually sell true standard Ameraucana selling instead what is called an Easter Egger (sometimes erroneously Americana). The brown legs I suspicion are more willow than brown and the hallmark of the Easter Egger (a mix of Ameraucana and any other breed typically bred in hatcheries). So you would have received, most likely, 16 Easter Eggers.

    The New Hampshire Reds would be technically Production Reds as the standard breed name is New Hampshire (no red). That indicates more Rhode Island Red thrown into the line, leaving standards for New Hampshire for production (egg quantity).

    So it looks like you have some very nice hatchery quality Easter Eggers and Production Reds. You should get lots of brown and green eggs in about 5 to 6 months.

    If the legs are a true brown, and the chick grows up with brown legs, then it is either an oddity indicating some other breed by mistake or poor standard quality as to leg color. Odd things can happen in genetics when you mix a bunch of breeds as happens in the hatchery formulas.


    Info about the New Hampshire: http://www.motherearthnews.com/home...mpshire-heritage-poultry-zeylaf.aspx?PageId=1

    Info about Easter Egger vs. Ameraucana
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Chick leg color develops over time, and your EEs may develop those green legs, and your NHs legs may actually turn yellow. Mary

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