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question about parentage of my chick

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nunlef, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. nunlef

    nunlef Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

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  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The father is not the cochin (10000% positive on that). Your young roo is doing stealth runs on the hens behind his back. It happens.

    The mother is very unlikely to be the barred rock. I would say it's the australorp mix or the columbian rock. You'll be able to get a more accurate guess when the chicks feather out more.
     
  3. nunlef

    nunlef Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much. I thought for sure the australorp wasn't old enough, but then these chicks were born... Anyway, he actually has a great temperament so the chicks should be a good addition - just not what I was hoping for.
     

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