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leg and beak color?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yyz0yyz0, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bunch of chicks that were hatched by a broody hen. The adults we collected eggs from were White Orp's, Barred rocks and some red sexlinks, the rooster was a Wyandotte cross between a Gold laced hen and a BLR roo.

    We've got 2 chicks that at 4wks old are Black with back legs/feet and beaks. Will these colors stay as they mature?

    We assume that the black chicks came from the Barred rocks as well as the two gray chicks we have. But none of our chickens have black legs/beaks. do barred rocks have black chickens in their family tree?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    There are a few breeds that remain black in beak and leg color as adults, but most will lighten up as they get older, so you will have to wait and see. Mixing breeds can often bring out interesting color combinations which makes it fun to cross and see what you get.
     
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    Will you please post a picture of these black chicks.
    I'd love to see them.
    Thx
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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  6. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the late pictures, just found these shots on my computer.

    Here's the flock. the 3 whites and 1 red are cockerels, the blacks, gray and red/wht are pullets.
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    White cockerel
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    Notice the black beak and feet
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    This was turning out to be a nice looking roo, but all they've all gone to freezer camp by now.

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    The black ones still have their black feet and beaks, I was just so surprised to see the almost all black birds from the barred rocks.
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    What was the roo? If he was not a white bird, those black birds are black sex links. I have bred several generations from EE roo x Dominique hen. Beautiful birds.
     

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