choosing Black Australorp chicks for darkest color

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cobrien, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I will getting my first BA chicks in a few weeks. I've noticed from photos of hens that some are darker black/green while others are more of a pale black. Is there any way to tell from the color of a chick if she is more likely to turn out dark black?

    Thanks!
    Colleen
     
  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a pure BA will look black/green and have black/ white legs, if it has white spots above the eyeswhen it is a chick it will be a roo and white tips on its wings. if it is all black when it is a chick it will be a hen . or at least this is the way mine do. william

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  3. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear! I guess that means our 2-week old chicks are cockerels and will have to go...sigh [​IMG]
     
  4. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't count your Austalorps before they feather out. LOL!

    My pullet had white wing tips and lost them before she started laying. The same bird also had a single white spot at the back (corner) of each eye (not above it) as well.

    Edited to add: She is now a beautiful full black with green overlay and black legs.
     
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  5. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are what I hoped were 2 pullets, at one week...they are now 2 weeks old.


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  6. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's still to early to tell. Give it a couple more weeks and re-post pictures. Folks here will be able to help determine if you've got girls or boys.
     

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