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Black Australorp hen crossed with Barred Rock roo...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Lesler5, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Lesler5

    Lesler5 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]I had a hen (Ameracauna) go broody and gave her a few eggs to set on. Two of the three hatched. I was sure the hen that laid the eggs was the BA and I only have the one rooster (BR) in with the flock. Since both the mom and dad had been black as chicks, that is what I expected these to be, however, they were pale yellow at hatch with a little black spot on head. Now at a few weeks old, they look to be turning a very pale grey. Anyone else have experience with this cross? Or is it more likely that the eggs were from a RIR hen? I would welcome some opinions! Thanks
     
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  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you post a picture of the chicks?
    what breeds of hens to you have? do you have any blue or splash hens?
     
  3. rcking

    rcking Out Of The Brooder

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    i've run a few hatches with an australorp roo and the ladies being white rocks and buff orps. had a variety of interesting colors with gray barring and penciling, and variations on that with light browns also. i even had a nice barred tricolor roo (red, black, and gray). got a 6 week old that could pass as a barred rock

    here's a shot of a few of my 3 older ones
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    my youngest hatch here as day olds (about 3 wks currently)
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  4. Lesler5

    Lesler5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just posted the pic. One chick is about 5 days older than the other. I was sure the oldest one was from an Australorp egg. The second also, although the egg was kind of broken up so it may have been from RIR or the red star hen. I also have a golden laced wyandotte, and silver pencilled rock hens.
     
  5. Lesler5

    Lesler5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Very cute. I had really expected mine to look like your chicks with white underneath and darker on top.
     
  6. Lesler5

    Lesler5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I should also note that the chicks are only about 2 weeks old in the picture when the pale grey was just starting in their wings. Now they are like that all over.
     
  7. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    if the mom is a "americana" and not an EE than id expect the chicks to be black to, but if she is actully an EE than the chicks could be white since the mother is a mix
     
  8. Lesler5

    Lesler5 Out Of The Brooder

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    The Ameracauna hen was just the broody who hatched the chicks, it wasn't her eggs for sure. The rooster defintely barred rock. I thought the mom was the black australorp but now I am second guessing based on the fact that the chicks aren't black like both mom and dad were. Just wondering if anyone else has mixed these breeds. Or if there is a possibility that the mom egg was a RIR or redstar?
     
  9. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you have red sexlinks, I bet the chicks are from them.
     
  10. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

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