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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by clyphelia, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. clyphelia

    clyphelia Out Of The Brooder

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    First time poster here. I recently hatched a few chicks from my pure white feed store "ameraucana" roo to a pure buff Orpington hen. I knew we'd get some mutts, but didn't know what to expect as I don't know much of the genetics of the roo. The babies were not what I was expecting! One hatched out looking like a slightly pale buff, and the other was a nearly white with a black head spot and black stripes! Now their wings are growing in with muddy speckles. Any thoughts on the dad's genetics to produce these colors in babies?

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    Black and white chick

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    "Buff" chick
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    No idea, but they are cute.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Try looking up Amerucana/Orpington crosses on google images.
     
  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    It'll be neat to see what they look like all grown up!
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Considering that your 'Ameraucana' is actually an Easter Egger, he could be carrying anything. Buff is a tricky color as well. It can hide a lot of things. You'll just have to wait and see.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    darling chicks anyway
     
  7. clyphelia

    clyphelia Out Of The Brooder

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    4 week update.

    Here's the almost buff
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    It has gotten a lot more buff to it, but there's still lots of dark speckling in the neck, wings, and tail.
    Any thoughts on gender? The pea comb is harder for me to read.
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    I'm leaning toward boy unfortunately.

    Next is the white and black chick that we never expected from whitexbuff.
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    Getting beautiful striping and a goofy mustache.
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    Wings are really pretty on this guy
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    I'm thinking girl on this one since there's really nothing there!
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Your white one isn't actually white, but silver. The white gene (either dominant or recessive) only affects the black color on feathers. Since the chick has black patterning, it's not white, but silver, which is a dominant color gene.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Both look like pullets for now.
     
  10. clyphelia

    clyphelia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, junebuggena! Chicken genetics are still very new to us, and we got the white EE roo from a feed store, so who knows what could be hiding there. Do you know why the buff would get darker color coming through?
     

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