BBS Ameraucana color question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by momma-hen, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. momma-hen

    momma-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got hatching eggs from 2 sources for the black, blue, splash Ameraucana.
    I wasn't surprised to see white on the black chicks when they hatched, as I was used to that from the black Austrolorps I had.
    But they are now 4 weeks old and still have white markings here and there.
    What is the normal amount of time for them to turn pure black....or have I been duped?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Would help if you could post a picture. If I recall, the black Ameraucanas I had did on occasion have a white wing feather. It's an adolescent thing and they should molt out if that's what you're talking about.
     
  3. momma-hen

    momma-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL When I get near them they crowd into a corner. no photo hams in that bunch! Anyway, some have white dime-sized spots on their heads, others on their chests or wings.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hmm, dime sized headspots? Odd. Shouldn't have that.
    Here is one of my 8 week old Ameraucana cockerels and you can see the white wing feather.
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    Here is one at 4 weeks old:
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  5. momma-hen

    momma-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ZThat 4 week old one is close. Put that white on his neck a little further up and that would be similar. Also more white on the wings. I'm gonna try and get pics in the morning.
    This pic was at 2-2 1/2 weeks. I'll try to get some of them now.
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  6. momma-hen

    momma-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I got a couple of pics, such as they are....


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