In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 8, 2009
I am completely new to this and have 5 chicks.

Although 3 of them are supposed to be Barnevelder pullets, 1 of those 3 does not look the same to me. Not only is it a little bit bigger, but the markings are different. (age could account for the size difference no doubt)

The top one of these 2 is the exact same as the 3rd, but look at the bottom one... more pronounced stripes down the back as well as stripes on the head that the other two definitely do not have.

Do I have 3 Barnevelders or 2 and a mystery bird?

I'll also attach a picture of all 5 chicks: 3 Barnevelders(?), 1 partridge coloured Silkie, one gold-laced Wyandotte.

Supposedly the Barnevelders are pullets but the other 2 unsexed. At one age will they become noticeably one sex or the other?

Thanks for letting me pick your brains...


p.s. I'm adding a frontal/facial picture as well. The chest on the mystery bird is a yellowish colour, where the Barnevelders chests are a milky brown. And the face colours are way different too... (sorry, but I could not get a clear picture of the two side by side... I'll include it simply because it shows the difference. I believe the Barnevelder is on the left)
The more I look the more I believe that one is not a Barnevelder.

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11 Years
Jul 23, 2008
Seattle, WA
Kinda looks like a Sicilian Buttercup, but I am far from an expert on the matter. I do have three Barnevelder chicks about that size at home right now though, and that one looks different from mine too.


10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
There are lighter and darker phases of Barnevelders. Hopefully it is just a lighter phase. I would say all three are Barnevelders.


12 Years
Dec 31, 2007
Washington State
Those aren't Barnevelders. Not sure what they are but they're not Barnies. I had some Golden-Laced Wyandottes that had heads which looked similar. Can't remember now if the GLW's had the "chipmunk" bodies or not.

God Bless,


In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 8, 2009
ACK, my chick is younger than yours Uzuri!

Well, it becomes even more confusing when everyone has a different opinion!
You know, in dogs, a rottie might have the same colouring/marking as a dobe... but there is no doubt which is which!

I suppose the bottom line is... what does it matter?!

Being a complete 'virgin' chicken owner, I can't help but think that one is a Welsumer from all the chick pix I am finding. The Barnies and this one have the same chipmunk back, but the mystery chick has such a clear, large 'V' of a yellowish colour on her head. Also, the under-body of the Barnies I have is a very milky chocolate colour, whereas the mystery chick's is not at all similar. Her belly/body are yellowish with a more white chest area. The wings are almost identical to my untrained eye however.

I emailed the hatchery owner and he said he's pretty sure it's a Barnevelder, but there's a possibility that he could have picked up a Welsumer... they were in the same spot. So to me... that makes me lean towards the Wellie.

I also have what I HOPE is a gold-laced Wyandotte, and a partridge Silkie. Those two were unsexed, so I guess that's the next step... to ALL of them!

I'm thinking I might take close-ups of them all in a week or two and ask again.

Thank you so much for your opinions. (I just wish they were all the same!)

peace, Maija

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