Black Australorps

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chikenlady, May 15, 2008.

  1. chikenlady

    chikenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know when BA chicks lose their white feathers and fluff?

    Mine are almost 5 weeks and they still have some white on their breasts and head...and some on their bottoms.

    Thanks,

    Lori [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2008
  2. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

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    Good Question! Mine are 3 weeks old and I'd like to know too![​IMG]
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They will moult several times before they change over to complete black at maturity. I don't recall exactly when it happens but it will.

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  4. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are a couple of pics of my BA's at almost four months old, as you can see, they have lost they're white by this time.
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  5. chikenlady

    chikenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for giving my a time frame and a picture of your BA's. They sure are beautiful birds! They were the first breed I decided to buy hatching eggs from.

    Lori [​IMG]
     
  6. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome. They're great birds. Very calm and friendly. Good layers too. Good luck with your birds! [​IMG]
     
  7. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are almost 3 months? Anyway, they still have a tiny bit of white on a few of their wing feathers, but otherwise the white facial tufts have disappeared. I hear after the 1st molt they will no longer have any white. They are beautiful birds with the green sheen to their black. And talk about friendly! I can't wait until the begin to lay.
    These pictures are of around 10-11 weeks of age, you can see a few small spots of white
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    And here's one at 9 weeks
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    And the same chick at 8 weeks
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    I'd get you a 12 week picture but it is nasty and rainy out right now so I doubt I could grab a pic without water on the camera lens.

    Farmmom, your birds are gorgeous!
     
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  8. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About when does the BA start laying?
     
  9. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question. I've read several things about that, but would also like to know what others have experienced on time of lay for this breed
     
  10. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine laid their first at 21 weeks. Thanks Portia! Actually, these are older pics, I no longer have these birds. Not that I had any problems with them, but we decided to switch gears and raise heritage breeds here. I have to warn you though, all of my BA's went broody. If you want to raise little ones, that may be be a desired quality (we enjoyed it) but if you don't, and want a steady supply of eggs, it may be an issue for you. We really enjoyed our BAs! [​IMG]
     

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