Mystery Chicks.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by afre13, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. afre13

    afre13 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I went to Co-op the other day and picked up two buff orpington, and two silver-laced wyandotte chicks. Afterwards, I went to Tractor Supply looking for barred rock chicks. The lady said they had a brooder of "mystery" chicks. She said the chicks came with their delivery, but there wasn't any information with them. She said they could be barred rock, silver laced wyandottes, or Australorps, but as I looked over to the brooder that said "black sex link" they looked almost exactly the same. So long story short, I broke down and bought six of the mystery chicks.

    I am hoping they are barred rocks, but I doubt it because they are lacking the yellow dot on their head that barred rock chicks have.

    They may be SLW but the SLW I already have dont have nearly the same amount of yellow feathers these chicks do.

    So all and all I am going to the conclusion that they are black sex links. I am really hoping they aren't because I don't find them to be a particularly visually appealing breed. I already have a view golden comets and don't care to have more sex link chickens.

    If anyone could help me by giving me some guesses as to what they might be, I would greatly appreciate it. [​IMG]
     
  2. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post some pics?
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    If they are lacking the white spot on top of their heads, they are definitely not Barred Rocks. Female Black Sex Link chicks and Black Australorp chicks look very similar, both lacking the white spot on the tops of their black heads. If they do turn out to be Black Sex Links, the good news is that you will have some hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised Black Sex Links for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids, including those mentioned in your post), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. I've been especially impressed with their persistence in laying in really cold winter weather. Also, my Black Sex Links have generally been friendlier than my Red Sex Links (Golden Comets). Whatever breed they turn out to be, good luck with your new chicks.
     
  4. afre13

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  5. afre13

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  6. afre13

    afre13 Out Of The Brooder

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    They have black legs, but yellow toes
     
  7. LotsOLopsChicks

    LotsOLopsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Australorp. Mine from TSC out of the 'mystery bin' aka 'specialty bin' look very simialr. They did set the egg laying record, so hope for girls!
     
  8. afre13

    afre13 Out Of The Brooder

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    After doing some more looking, that's the conclusion I was coming to. I really hope they are hens haha. Thank you so much for your help!
     
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Black leg + yellow toes= Jersey Giants



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    Yours appear to have pink toes.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They look like Australorps to me.
     

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