If they aren't australorp chicks, what are they?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Kryden, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Kryden

    Kryden Just Hatched

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    Hi everybody, I'm hoping someone can help me identify these beauties.

    We've raised australorps for years and have often hatched our own. This year we decided we wanted to bring in some fresh bloodlines & we ordered 20 black australorp chicks (15 pullets & 5 cockerels) We chose a hatch date of Feb 27th and 23 chicks arrived at the post office on Feb 28th (they sent us a few extras). 21 of them are still alive, but they aren't feathering out like I expected them too. Some of the chicks had a spot on their head, and sure enough we have 5 that feathered out looking like barred rocks. Of the other 16, only 2 or 3 look like what I have come to expect of black australorp chicks. The rest of them have me scratching my head a little. From above & behind they look solid black. However, looking at them from the front or side they have speckles or spots on their chests and front part of their wings. In all my years of raising australorps, I don't recall having ever seen one look quite like these.

    In my last e-mail to the hatchery I included pics and asked them about it, but they never replied back to that one (maybe they didn't read it) To their credit they did replace our entire order though, at no cost to us.
    Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.


    These are the best pics I could get, but I did try to make sure that I got both top shots and front/side shots to show what I was talking about... they don't like to hold still for very long. [​IMG]

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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The sure do not look at all like Australorps - I don't know if hatchery breeds are that far off, or what it is. Sorry. Wiser folks should be coming on behind me.


    Do the replacement chicks look like Australorps?
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    What hatchery are they from?
     
  4. Kryden

    Kryden Just Hatched

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    So far they they do, and they look much more alike than the first batch did. They are just barely over a week old though and are still mostly covered in fluff so I suppose they could still surprise me.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    those are sure funky looking. Mixes of something, for sure. I'm not sure if that's partial lacing, or speckling/mottling I'm seeing, but I'm leaning toward the latter. I don't have much experience with mottled birds, so can't be sure. Someone jumped a pen, though, cause they don't look like any pure bred I'm aware of.

    What hatchery was it?
     
  6. Kryden

    Kryden Just Hatched

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    We got them from Estes Hatchery out of Springfield, MO. She apologized and said that sometimes mistakes do happen, & they were on top of making it right.
     
  7. Kryden

    Kryden Just Hatched

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    They are different, that's for sure! I looked at a lot of pictures online but couldn't anything that looked quite like these. We ordered them from Estes Hatchery. They really were great about it though and were quick to make it right.
     
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    What is the comb type on the ones with the barring on the chest? Could they possibly be silver laced Wyandotte?
     
  10. willow5038

    willow5038 Out Of The Brooder

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    They could be black speckled sussex pullets... I haven't seen a chicken like this before, but that would be my best guess unless it's mixed.
     

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