My black english orpington chicks look mottled. Is this possible?


In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 24, 2013
5 of the chicks I hatched from my blue English Orpingtons were black. 3 of them are solid black, 2 of them are black with white flecks all over. It's driving me crazy not being able to figure this out. Is this common? Is mottling like a genetic mutation thing (like frizzles) or is it a different color all together? I'd be thrilled if I ended up with some mottled orps! But I don't really think that's possible. But something is up, because these little chicks are speckled. They are a month old, and have the majority of their feathers.
Does it mean they are roosters maybe? Someone please enlighten me!

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