Same breed but look and act completely different!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shelbyschooks, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. shelbyschooks

    shelbyschooks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 8, 2014
    I have 2 white leghorns that I've raised from the egg as part of a school science project and there are around 3-5 days in-between them, although they're totally different. One is short and fat with a small comb and a very girly face, she is very clumsy and hates to be picked up or to perch. She also has very ragged feathers but I'm convinced she has never been attacked. The other is tall and looks like a princess all her feathers sit perfectly and she's a very social bird, she'll come and jump up on your lap and sit down and sleep. She's also the flyer, percher and always sticks by Elphie (the other bird). Glinda (they're named after the Wicked characters) has a bit of a manly face and looks a bit evil, although she definitely isn't. I know chickens vary in personalities and looks but they're complete opposites! Has anybody else seen this amongst their chickens?
  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    Temperament and physical attributes vary within breeds. Unless you have near perfect (according APA standards) birds they will usually look different from one another, but share many common characteristics. Such as yellow skin, white feathers, a single comb, etc. Temprament is usually up to the bird. I have some within a breed that are docile, but then I have others that are nuts. One thing that needs to be remembered is they are animals. Nice birds!
  3. DLV58

    DLV58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2013
    Hi, they do look so different.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    They could have come from different parents, so it's not surprising at all. If they were all the same, where would the fun be?

    I'm gonna throw out there also that I don't think they're leghorns, they look more like White Rocks. Are they laying yet? Brown eggs means Rock, white eggs means Leghorn.
  5. budsbirds

    budsbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    leghorns also have white earlobes. one of the fun things about hatching and breeding chickens is the differences, even if they came from the same parents, they can still be considerably different.
  6. shelbyschooks

    shelbyschooks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 8, 2014
    I wouldn't be surprised if they were another breed we only saw pictures of a couple of breeds and thought they looked closest! As far as I know they haven't been laying but this morning I woke up to some loud skawking and clucking, no eggs but they're definitely very close!

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