ODD BALL in Araucana purchase

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by math ace, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I purchased 8 supposedly Araucanas from an individual who ordered them from a hatchery. They are 4 weeks old and most look very very similiar. One chick is an ODD BALL. The seven other chicks are rust and black patterned. The ODD BALL is Black and White sorta striped. She has a different posture than the others too. COULD SHE be an Araucana - or did somebody throw a wild card into the mix?

    The pictures below show her in the center. She is surrounded by - White Leghorns, BCM or Blue Marans, and her fellow rust / black Araucanas. Please, look and tell me what you think - - -

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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not an expert, but I think you got a rooster.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    There are no hatcheries that sell true ameraucanas or araucanas.

    What you have there are easter eggers and they can come in any color.
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What Jean said. Hatcheries don't have true araucana..they are easter eggers, which come in any size, shape and color and can lay any color eggs due to how they are crossed with other breeds.
     
  5. ChickenladyinMN

    ChickenladyinMN Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I agree when my chicks were little the roosters always had the bigger legs and were a little larger than the hens.
     
  6. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's most likely an EE- they came in every color imaginable!
     
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  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Quote:I agree when my chicks were little the roosters always had the bigger legs and were a little larger than the hens.

    I agree too, that it is probably a cockerel, but that is based on the color for me.
     
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  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I think it's an easter egger cockerel too.

    My local feedstore sells their EEs as araucanas also because that's what some of the hatcheries call them - true araucanas don't have tails.

    Easter eggers do come in many colors - My first two batches from my feedstore were mostly browns/reds (see my BYC page "as they grow" for pics). I recently puchased 25 EE from MPC and purposely kept the more unusual colors (at least unusual to my flock) for myself so that I could have more variety in my flock. I have some white/brown ones, a blue/brown, a grey one, and even a splash EE now. Even though EE females do come in whites/blacks, I think yours is a roo based on his color pattern. From what I can tell in the pic, the rest of the EEs look like pullets.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    pips&peeps :

    Quote:I agree when my chicks were little the roosters always had the bigger legs and were a little larger than the hens.

    I agree too, that it is probably a cockerel, but that is based on the color for me.​

    That's what I was thinking, the coloring looks roostery, and the size. [​IMG] I'm getting good at this game! [​IMG]
     
  10. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

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    EE boy
     

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