How to tell chick breeds apart?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MeghanFaith, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. MeghanFaith

    MeghanFaith Out Of The Brooder

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    I placed an order from Meyer Hatchery for hatching eggs. I ordered 8 New Hampshire Red hatching eggs to hatch out for a friend and of course I couldn't resist getting some for myself. I also ordered 6 hatchery assortment eggs. I messaged the company to see if they might give me a list of some sort with my eggs without reply. When my box came in I thought they might have separated or labeled the eggs somehow.

    Well they didn't and I couldn't tell any of the eggs apart other than the one white egg! :) So I did guesswork and group together the ones that were similar in size shape and color. I didn't do a very good job though! The first to hatched I had label "NHR" and out popped a barred rock.[​IMG] I'm basically using their list of hatching egg available as a reference sheet.
    Here is the list of brown egg layers:
    Barred Rock-black chick with white dot single comb
    Black Australorp-black white marking on belly single comb
    Buff Orpington-yellow reddish chick single comb
    Dominique-black with white marking on belly pea comb
    New Hampshire Red-yellow reddish chick single comb
    Rhode Island Red-reddish orange chick single comb
    Speckled Sussex-chipmunk single comb
    Welsummer- I don't think they sent me any of these none of the eggs were speckled
    White Rock-yellow chick single comb
    White Cochin-should have feathered legs and be easy spot :)

    The white egg should be easy it's between a leghorn or golden campine so I should know once it hatches.

    It's going to be pretty tough to guess between the NHR, Buff Orpingtons, RIR, and White rocks! How long should it take till I can get a better idea of who's who? Anyone have any advice or ideas?

    I will post pictures once they have all hatched so far I have 6 yellowish chicks and I'm pretty sure 1 barred rock and 1 Dominique (has pea comb)
     
  2. Odelia

    Odelia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wellsummer eggs are no always speckled. Were there any dark brown eggs? I don't thin we can help you until you have photos of your chicks.
     
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  5. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post photos ;) the reds might be a little darker than the orp and rock. Did they all hatch :-D I was thinking about getting some from them but I couldn't make up my mind and I really wanted to hatch wyondottes but they aparently don't sell their eggs :-/
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Dominique Chickens have a Rose Comb not a Pea Comb.
    Rhode Island Reds chicks (from hatcheries) can come in different shades of "Red", the better the breeding and line the darker the chicks, Reddish Orange would be more a production line of Rhode Island Reds or even a Production Red.
     
  7. MeghanFaith

    MeghanFaith Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay I'm sorry it's been so long I've meant to get these pictures on here a lot sooner. Anyways I had 10 hatch! 6 were yellow chicks and 2 black with white, 1 chipmunk and 1 Golden Campine (dunno how else to explain the coloring)

    Chick on left is the Dominique and right is a Golden Campine butt [​IMG]
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    On the right I think is a Barred Rock, single comb and black dot on the head. The left I'm guess is the Dominique, I've never had this breed before but if you enlarge the pic you can see the comb is barely there and doesn't look like single comb at all. If it had a single comb I would say black australorp.
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    I just love these markings! Since it came out of the only white egg it could have been either a White Leghorn or Golden Campine according to the eggs they were offering. I think this is a pretty sure bet ;)
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    Here are the yellow chicks
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  8. MeghanFaith

    MeghanFaith Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep your right :)
     
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