Can you tell speckled sussex from cream legbar chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by smileygreen64, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched my first cream legbar and speckled sussex chicks. I didn't know what SS chicks looked like until now. I was planning on selling some because I don't need all that I hatched but I can't tell the difference. Is there a defining trait I can look for to tell them apart?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post picks?
     
  3. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can post some tomorrow. They havent all hatched yet. I didnt want to open the hatcher yet and I couldnt get good pictures through the door.
     
  4. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    Cream legbars should be crested, Speckld sussex are not, but some crests take a while to become obvious. Speckled sussex should have white skin, legbars yellow. Again, not easy to identify in young chicks but should become apparent as they get a little older.
     
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  5. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    As newly hatched chicks it is next to impossible to tell at a week of age it is easy. The SS will develop a reddish tint they will get "measles" like spots on them.

    They will have a very yellow white chest. The crest will start to develop on the Legbars at this same time, they get a small Mohawk.

    As far as new hatches go, I use a divider to keep the SS and the Legbars apart. BTW I have no problem telling my white legbars from the SS.

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    When you hatch use hardware cloth or plastic crafting type "hardware cloth" to keep the breeds separate. I only put breeds that are easy to tell apart in the same compartment.

    Before mixing them either have a band (code) system set up or a toe punch system set up. You will make errors then too, they happen, a band falls off or something. Errors stink.

    Good luck,
     
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  6. smileygreen64

    smileygreen64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I will seprate them once I can tell the difference. Normally I do keep them seperate, this was just a blind mistake. I should have looked at some pictures of the Sussex before I put those eggs in the same section of my hatcher. Thanks for the advice.
     
  7. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    That happens to us all..

    or we think we will remember what is in each compartment and don't... I call it senioritis.
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    You guys can see the crest on newly hatched chicks?


    I need better glasses, I guess.
     

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