Question on EE leg color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AinaWGSD, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    I know EE's are a mixed breed, and as such there are no guarantees and few true consistencies with what you get from the hatchery when you order them. But my question is, are they typically hatched with the green/willow/slate colored legs (if they are going to have them), or does the color develop as they age? We just got 5 EE chicks from MPC yesterday, and when we were first IDing chicks only one of them had greenish legs (fortunately, it was the one that looks most like the SS chicks so the legs are an easy way to tell them apart). The rest had the same color legs (I thought) as the other chicks we ordered (leghorn, SS, and wyandotte). But today I thought I saw a little green tint to the legs on some of the other EE chicks. Could be my imagination, but it got me wondering.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2010
  2. CCFarms9559

    CCFarms9559 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Jeffersontown, Ky
    My EE's had green legs when I got them from the feed store. Couldn't have been but a day or two old...
  3. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    My two EE's had flesh colored legs until they were about 2 weeks old, then the green developed and now they both have BRIGHT green legs.
  4. mama2many

    mama2many Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    mine developed.....any puffy cheeks??
  5. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    Not all EE's have green legs.Most every one we breed here has slate or darker's all in the breeds used to make the cross.
  6. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    All but one have puffy cheeks. Interestingly, the one that does have greenish legs is the only one that doesn't have puffy cheeks. The rest have fleshy colored legs (although as I said some of them are starting to look a little greenish). So far they are the calmest of my chicks once we get them scooped up to be held.
  7. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    I have 6 EE's and 5 of them have green legs the other has more of a white/flesh colored leg. I got her from a local hatchery in April, she also has the puffy cheeks but I don't think her legs will turn green/slate like my other girls. It will be interesting to see if she lays a colored egg or not.
  8. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Rogue Valley, S. Oregon
    I have 2 now 6 weeks old. One has puffy cheeks and the other doesn't, but both had legs about the same color as my other chicks when I got them. I was disappointed, but at about the same rate they feathered, the legs began to turn green. Today they are unmistakably green, but maybe not done changing yet!

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