Some chicks are darker than others

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pumpkin the rooster, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Pumpkin the rooster

    Pumpkin the rooster In the Brooder

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    My hen had just had chicks about 3 days ago. Not very sure what breed my hen is (she looks like a Plymouth Rock) but I do know what breed the roo is. My rooster is a buff Orpington. When I first saw the chicks they seemed all normal yellow(it was dark and night so I probably couldn't see the colors well) but in the morning they came out the nest and some were orange (5 were) and the orher 3 were yellow. One of my hens was laying eggs in the same nest but only one because when I realized she was doing so I blocked the nest off during the day and opened it at night (so she can eat) . The egg the other hen layed didn't hatch. Are these chicks sex-linked? I had red star chicks a long time ago and the darker ones we're hens and brighter roosters, is this the same? 20180330_093929.jpg 20180330_093936.jpg
     
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  2. ashlandco

    ashlandco Songster

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    I’m not an expert but I don’t think your mama hen is a barred Plymouth Rock. I may be wrong though:) still very pretty! And cute chickies!
     
  3. Pumpkin the rooster

    Pumpkin the rooster In the Brooder

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    Yeah, I don't think she's a Plymouth Rock either, but it's the closest looking breed
     

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