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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chicabee19, Aug 23, 2008.
Is it true that every EE born is going to look different because they are a mixed breed?
Quote:I have one, a pullet, who looks very similar to lots of the reddish-brown ones I see all the time.
She is a hatchery bird.
She doesn't have much of a muff or beard yet. I don't know if that is something that develops late or if she just won't have them. But I have seen a lot of EEs that have this same feather color and pattern.
EE's come in every color, pattern and comb type. I have some with muffs, some without. Most of the EE's I have seen are medium sized, with green legs and a body color that is similar to partridge.
Quote:Oh, I didn't know they had different comb types. I was thinking they all had the pea combs.
In my experience, most EE's in a small flock will look different from each other, though there are a few color patterns I tend to see over and over again. I guess it probably depends on where you get them from and whether the hatchery selects breeding stock that look the same or selects birds that look different from one another.
They can indeed have different comb types... mostly pea, but sometimes I see single combs too... the single combed ones tend to (always?) lay brown eggs.
I think what I want to ask is whether you can know what an EE chick will grow up to look like?
EE chickens come in all colors.
From my understanding is that hatcheries subcontract out the egg laying. So it all depends on what that farmer has as stock. They may be purebred but more than likely cross bred. We learned a lot taking EE to a breed show in our state last year. So this year we bought ours from a breeder in our state. There is a huge difference between hatchery vs breeder birds.
Our EE chickens are all different in their color patterns. We have had all white w/ green legs, sliver colored, black and white, black, white, brown, green legs, blue legs. Blue eggs, green eggs, olive eggs, pink eggs, and brown eggs. Single comb, pea combs, and walnut comb. With muffs and without.
If you check out the APA website there are breed standard of perfection for every breed.
True Ameraucanas have 8(?) different color patterns, and guidelines for every aspect of them. The eggs are blue. Legs are also blue.
IF your EE chick was hatched without a muff it will never grow a muff later on.
Quote:Not for EEs.
Quote:Oh, mine will be muffless. Well, it's very warm here-she doesn't need one, I suppose.
But, I didn't know there was a breed standard for EEs Are they a breed? Or were you referring to Ameraucanas.