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Anconas or Exchequer Leghorns?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by madrona, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. madrona

    madrona In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2009
    Hello, all you chicken experts out there...

    I just received my order of baby chicks, and it includes two anconas and two exchequer leghorns. I've studied all the photos I can find on the web, and as far as I can tell, these two breeds are nearly indistinguishable when very young.

    I'm just curious to know if it actually is possible to tell them apart at this age (5 days old.) The sex of all four is (presumably) female.

    Thanks for taking a look! Each horizontal row is the same chick.




    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010
  2. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Songster

    Apr 3, 2010
    Nenana, AK
    Hazarding a guess here... but I think 1 and 4 are the Anconas. All of the Ancona chicks I've ever gotten have had that very penguinish tuxedo look with very dark black running from the top of the head all the way down the back of the neck and back without a break (or very minimal break) in the color. I've never had Exchequer Leghorns though so I don't know what their normal pattern is.[​IMG]
  3. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    agree, 1 and 4 are anconas.

  4. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    Quote:I agree also
  5. madrona

    madrona In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2009
    Thank you, folks! It's so reassuring to have experts out there!

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