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These are going to grow up to be black australorps?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Ausdotte, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. Ausdotte

    Ausdotte Chirping

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    I've just hatched out three australorp chicks, well actually I didn't a silkie did :p I was hoping to get a blue one, can you tell at this stage what colour they are going to turn out? black chicks.jpg
     
  2. BlueBaby

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    All 3 of those are the Blacks. If you are looking to get the blues, check out the color genetics of the parents on them.
     
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  3. Ausdotte

    Ausdotte Chirping

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    I have a blue rooster, four black hens and one blue one. I'm pretty sure that one of those came from the blue hen egg, but I gather having two blue parents still only gives you a 50% chance of having a blue chick?
    So a blue chick would look like a lighter colour than those?
     
  4. BlueBaby

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    Yes, the Blues are lighter in color than the Blacks are. They will look more greyish in color. When you have a Blue chick next to a Black chick someday, you will see the difference. Blue with Blue can also produce a Splash chick, although that is only a 25 % chance of that happening. The Splash one's will look a yellowish-white in color at hatch.
     
  5. Ausdotte

    Ausdotte Chirping

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    Okay thanks.
    I haven't had good fertility with these australorps, I've got a manly looking rooster but he seems a bit inept at fertilizing the eggs. Is that a common problem with australorps or is it just mine?
     
  6. BlueBaby

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    How old are they?
     
  7. Ausdotte

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    The rooster is about 10 months, the black girls about 8. I don't know how old the blue one is. He seems so clumsy and rough and the hens look like they are having a bad time.
     
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    Yes, the roosters can be rough on a hen if you only have 5 hens to keep him "busy". A rooster can handle 10 hens. When there are only 5 hens, the hens will be getting double of his hen attention, and can get over bred. See what I mean?
     
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    By the way, congrats on your hatch! I have some of mine due to hatch over here on Sunday.
     
  10. Ausdotte

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    I suspect that he likes some of the hens more than others :D Apart from his ungainly mating he does try and look after his hens, shows them where the food is and where to lay an egg.
    Thanks. Good luck for Sunday.
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