Do beak markings change?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Our7Wonders, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Our7Wonders

    Our7Wonders In the Brooder

    We have 28 one-week old chicks, 4 different breeds. I know their coloring/feathering will change so I'm not wanting to use that as my distinguishing mark at this point. There are several that I can tell apart due to the markings on their beaks. For instance, I have one Australorp with a light colored beak, she has black markings that make a "V" over her beak, we've named her "Veronica", and another with a light beak and a black dot on each side - she's "Dottie". Will these marks change over time? If so I should look at getting some sort of leg bands for them.

    TIA, I'm such a chicken newbie:rolleyes:

  2. sharol

    sharol Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    I can't answer that question, but I have a Delaware with a distinctive beak marking too: it is darker toward the point of the beak and lighter up toward her head. It is newly changed I think. At least I didn't notice it before today.

    I hope someone has an answer to your question, because that might help me understand MY bird better.

  3. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Welcome to the struggle of telling Australorps apart, especially the hens [​IMG]
    Some people amaze me in knowing which is which. I have four hens I can identify immediately and the rest are collectively "the girls".
    The beaks will darken up and the breed standard is for a black beak although some do keep a bit of the lighter. For me as their personality and habits start to develop and I get to know them better I can tell them apart a bit easier, sometimes you can tell them by body shape, feathering and their comb too.
    They are so lovely though [​IMG]
  4. midd2005

    midd2005 Chirping

    May 22, 2010
    i have BR chicks that we were telling apart by their beaks. they are now 16 days old and their beaks have changed. some of the original markings are still there; however some have faded and there is a lot of new stuff going on too now that their beaks are so much bigger. the beak still helps us to identify them but it's definitely a fluid thing. i have no idea about the breed specific stuff though.

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