Barred rock chicks - legs TURNED black but weren't as day-olds??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BlazeJester, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, this one has me stumped. I walked in this afternoon to feed & water, everyone is up and running around, and.... my 10-day old barred rock straight run chicks now have BLACK legs! We're talking Australorp-black legs. They are SUPER dark.

    The two slow-feathering ones still have light-colored legs... but is it really possible that I picked 5/7 pullets out of the straight run bin at TSC during the busiest time of the year for pullets??? I am so, so excited if this is the case!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    So... what's up with that? They're from Tractor Supply as a straight run and supplied by Mt Healthy. Anyone experienced barred rocks legs turning darker at 1-2 weeks?? My older BRs definitely didn't do this when they were chicks. WEIRD.
     
  2. Atlantakycklingar

    Atlantakycklingar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had the leg shading change on me as well. Bought some chicks with dark legs, and one lightened up and became dinner(a roo). :) Also the first two I bought had equal shading and one darkened and was a pullet, and the other stayed the same and was a roo. HTH!
     

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