Do beak markings change?

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

  1. Our7Wonders

    Our7Wonders Out Of 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:

    Debbi
     
  2. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

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  3. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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