Mystery chicks in a duckling order ;)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AndreaS, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys!

    So our friend ordered a few ducklings for his ornamental pond and the box arrives containing two CHICKS! He contacted us to see if we'd take them and we said yes. He was thinking that the small hatchery he ordered from threw them in as a "bonus" - insane and irresponsible!- I asked him to contact the hatchery and inquire about what breed they might be....and get this: the hatchery only raises ducks, not chickens! All they could figure is that perhaps something happened at the post office to a box of poor baby chicks and they threw the survivors in with the other peeping box they had available. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I've been anxiously awaiting signs of what they could be...and this week they started developing crests! I've never had a crested chicken before, so I'm excited. I was looking at pics of chicks of all the crested breeds and none quite match up. Most of the pics I saw of black & white crested's had definitive black markings as chicks. These guys were more blond with a touch of grey. I thought I'd ask here just for fun. They are almost two weeks old now.

    My husband keeps referring to them as my " immaculate conception" chicks! [​IMG]

    Regardless, I know they were meant for me. Here's hoping that I don't have two roo's....and that my other hens don't intend to peck the new guys bald because they are different!

    Thought I'd bring this to the experts....what do you guys think?!

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  2. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One more:

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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Appenzeller Spitzhauben
     
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  4. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohh...yes! I think you are right. The chick pics look spot on. I hadn't looked into that breed.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    They are very young , I don't know if they are Appenzeller Spitzhauben. I believe they are randomly spotted when feathered in. Yours seem to get getting barring instead
     
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  6. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah....and it just occured to me when reading about the Appenzeller Spitzhauben, these chicks are rather large. I know it's hard to guess at this stage, but it is fun to speculate :)
     

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