Leg Color on Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TommyVT05, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Hello All,

    Just curious, all the chicks I have right now have yellow legs with slight dark tint to them. However, their parents have slate and blue legs and none of my birds have yellow legs, so the color on the legs of chicks don't come in yet huh?

    Does anybody know why the leg color starts to appear and become permanent?

    Thank You

    - Tommy
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It can vary between bird and bird. Generally though, leg color stays pretty constant until a hen starts to lay eggs and they start to "bleach."
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    If you are talking about ameraucanas, then the wheaten, blue wheaten, and buffs usually hatch with light colored legs.

    They legs will darken as the chick gets older. Some of the birds in those varieties still have problems with very light or pinkish tones in the legs.
  4. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Yeah, I was hoping it would change [​IMG]

    Reason being, out of the 18 chicks, 4 are given to me by a friend that had chicks hatch only days before mines and her's is PURE Vietnamese Jungle Fowl.

    She had hers over 8+ years and never gotten other colored legs other than gray/blue. Since they have never been outcrossed, its sort of impossible to get yellow legs...but the leg is starting to get darker...

    So, that how it goes huh?

    I can't find pictures of day old chicks with blue/gray legs are days olds...so I guess that color comes in later in their life yeah? Hahah

    - Tommy

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