How far off the standard can a "purebred" chick be???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by violetsky, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. violetsky

    violetsky Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    Huntsville, Alabama
    I know there are culls in any breeding program but I don't know if
    I should be angry or not. Lets say you order eggs where the chicks
    should be clean-legged and dark and you get a feathered-legged
    yellow chick, that looks to be a splash, is that just a possibly result when breeding
    for the silver color? I ordered sussex from several breeders that hatched
    within 2 days of each other. The questionable chick is also much smaller.

  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Sounds like there was either a fence jumper or they accidentally threw in the wrong thing. Does it have white legs or can you tell?
  3. A bird..including a chick...either meets the standard, or doesn't. If it's feather legged, it's not what you ordered. Probably someone mistakenly added an errant egg to your order. It happens... [​IMG]
  4. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    No reason to be angry. People make mistakes. Great thing about chickens is that you can always eat the culls.
  5. oxfordsrgr8

    oxfordsrgr8 Hatching

    Nov 4, 2011
    a bird can be as far off from it's own SOP, as to be considered into another quite close.. depends on how much "improving" has been done. course it's not PB, but most likely nothing is PB anymore.
  6. violetsky

    violetsky Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Quote:The chick has yellow legs. I guess I'm grumpier than I should be, but it's really frustrating and expensive to hatch shipped eggs of rarer varieties and wind
    up with a low quality nothing. I like ameraucanas and I can't tell you how many times I've gotten ee's. I like ee's but its a chore to have to find homes for excess
    roosters, plus random mutts.

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