I purchased 5 Australorps from our feed store this fall. There were *no* black sex links ordered by this particular store. These were the first chicks of fall and all they had ordered at that point were Australorps and red stars. So, I know the feed store didn't mix them up They all looked very lorpy until I left town for the weekend! 4 had the typical white facial features/bellies/necks of lorp chicks, the fifth looked the same except she is all black around the eyes and beak. 4 are definitely pullets, and feathered in together with big foofy girl-lorp tails- including the pullet in question. Here's the babies at 2 weeks (pullet in question is frontmost with no white around eyes/beak): As you can see, the other 4 are very "lorpish." (I sure do hope other people call them "Lorps"... cracks me up) Here's a close-up of lady in question at <1 week: Anyway, I never questioned the lorp-ness... HOWEVER, when I returned from my trip this weekend she had some red feathers around her face and neck/chest! Surprise! Did the hatchery make an accidental switcheroo and I ended up with a black star amongst lorps? I'm not complaining, she is super sweet and obviously a total ham for the camera. I've just never seen lorps go through a red/brown feather stage... Sure they lose those last few white feathers as they mature... but reds? Anyone have any idea??