Cochin chicks: confused about their color

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by peanutshark, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. peanutshark

    peanutshark Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 3 blue cochin chicks, along with 3 blue wyandottes and 1 austrolorp. They're now about 2 weeks old and their wing feathers are coming in and showing their colors! My blue Cochins are not blue though, so far at least. I read about blue not being "true" and you can get splash as well. But these chicks are showing all super light grey, almost white. I haven't seen any dark feather yet either. My wyandottes are showing a lot of blue, though. So what are my Cochins going to end up being? Here's some pics I took a few days ago when we were having outside time.
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  2. ChickyChickens

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    Well, they are still a littkle young!! Their "blue" coloring might only start to come in later!!! I have never raised cochins, but I have seen it with my chicks that thye can and do change their color as thye molt/get older!!!

    I might be worng, but it what i think/know!
     
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  4. peanutshark

    peanutshark Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this happens with austrolorps. They're born with some white on them and then lose it as they get older. I hope you're right! I won't love them less, just prefer the blue color.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I think your Cochins are going to be splash. If they were blue (they're STILL blue, just not all blue, if that makes sense) their wing feathers would show that as soon as they started coming in.
    My splashes (Silkies and Cochins) always start out pretty much all white. Then, as they go through their juvenile molts, they're splashing eventually shows up. They also seem to get darker as they go through yearly molts as adults.
    Some peoples splash start out dark, mine do not. Yours look like they'll start out light too :)
     
  6. peanutshark

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    This means they'll have a few dark feathers here and there with overall very light grey right? I just assumed I'd see a few dark wing feathers. One of my wyandottes are clearly showing splash coloration and the other two are dark blue. I'm just curious about what they'll look like. I want them to stop growing out of their baby fluff, but i'm also wanting them to hurry up and grow in their feathers to see what they'll look like!
     
  7. peanutshark

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    Here's what one of them looks like since then. They grow so fast!
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  8. SmileChicks

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    Do you have any pic of 3 or 4 weeks old? I have one that I think might be a bantam cochin.
     
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  9. peanutshark

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    Today they're a little over 4 weeks old

    This one I think is my pullet
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    I think this is a roo, which I'm sad because then I can't keep him and he's really sweet

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    And here's a few more pics of them just because :)
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