Hi, I hatched out 9 chicks from my little flock on March 10th. I thought that my Lavender Bantam Cochin roo was the father (because of the young age of my other cockerel), but I'm a little confused because of the colors I got. Possible mothers are, 1. buff orpington (not likely as the eggs didn't look like hers) 2. Barred Rock (entirely possible) 3. Columbian Rock (again, not likely as I only have one) 4. Australorp mix (most likely, I have the most of that kind. they are an australorp x dk cornish and are solid black with the beetle green/purple plumage). Potential fathers are 1. Lavender bantam cochin, will be 1 year old next week - he is the head honcho of my flock, and all eggs have been fertile for months. 2. Australorp x dk cornish, he was about 5-6 months old when the eggs were collected, and hadn't started crowing yet (started about 3 weeks ago, and now he crows like a madman). Eggs had been fertile for a few months before he began living in that coop. OK, none of the 9 chicks have feathered legs. 6 chicks have some black on legs, and 8 out of 9 appear to have yellow under the black. 3 chicks that look the same as the picture (they came from the eggs that were slightly smaller and darker) . one chick is fluffy yellow with 2 black spots on the head (and solid yellow legs). 5 chicks that are mostly black (varying degrees of white markings) SO, can anyone give me a guess as to the parentage of the pictured chick. I think they are such a neat color, and the body down isn't really brown, not really black, but not really gray.