1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Green legs????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Candy1977, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Candy1977

    Candy1977 Out Of The Brooder

    33
    1
    26
    Nov 18, 2016
    So I got my chicks from a friend. She only has Buff chickens and Sex link chickens. So these are a mix of the two.

    Only one chick which I believe is a hen has green legs.
    Here is a picture of it with another chick

    [​IMG]
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    18,182
    5,027
    496
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    Are you asking a question??
     
  3. Candy1977

    Candy1977 Out Of The Brooder

    33
    1
    26
    Nov 18, 2016
    Sorry I wrote a question but I guess I deleted it before I posted it.

    I wanted to know if this is normal. A lady told me green legs mean Easter egger. But I didn't understand how that could be. I am new to chickens so I didn't know.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    9,501
    2,439
    411
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    We call that leg color "slate", and it usually means Easter Egger. But if your chicks are a mix, I can't tell you for sure. There are some experts that may stop by and clarify it for you.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,522
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    [​IMG]

    Leg color genetics can be very complex.

    Mixed breed birds often seem to come out with green, slate or dark colored shanks. It's very common in Easter eggers, as they're basically mixed breed birds. But, the leg color is in no way tied genetically to egg color. So, your chick is probably a brown egg layer. It will just be an easy way to tell her from the other birds [​IMG]
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    18,182
    5,027
    496
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    I had a batch of Pioneer meat birds, and all of the females had willow collored legs. The males shanks were all yellow. This gender id persisted into the second generation when I held back a pullet for a breeder. All of her daughters had willow colored legs, and her sons had yellow legs. I find that color interesting. All of my EE legs are usually darker than the willow color. (at least the ones that don't have Pioneer genetics.)
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2016
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Do you mean Buff Orpington???? They have slate coloured legs.....



    Cheers!
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    18,182
    5,027
    496
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    No. Pioneer. All of my EE have slate colored legs.
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I understood your post......The OP is call hers Buffs?.....Do they mean Orpington?
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    18,182
    5,027
    496
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    Oh, sorry. You didn't quote, so... I thought you were referring to the most recent post. Hard telling what the OP meant. So many variations on production birds. They look like they could be BO.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by