These were supposed to be Black Australorps... are they?

ColtHandorf

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How very odd. So many chickens start out like little chipmunks so they are hard to peg at that age if you don't have an idea of what they had. Have you reached out to the 'breeder' to ask them what their thoughts are? Perhaps they are more scrupulous than we think and would offer fertile eggs from the correct breed.
 

Aussie Fluff

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How very odd. So many chickens start out like little chipmunks so they are hard to peg at that age if you don't have an idea of what they had. Have you reached out to the 'breeder' to ask them what their thoughts are? Perhaps they are more scrupulous than we think and would offer fertile eggs from the correct breed.

Unfortunately no he is not being cooperative at all. He's actually being quite nasty about it. He took his advert down for fertile eggs the same day I told him the breeds were wrong and replied with a not so nice message, so I'm guessing he thought he would get away with it. He has since blocked my mobile number and is not replying to anything. Very dodgy :(
 

Aussie Fluff

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Sorry about this experience. It's so frustrating how many people lie about breeds and gender, on purpose or not. Even if they're not australorps, they are adorable :love

Yes we've definitely learnt a lesson to be very thorough in our questions etc before purchasing in the future. They are super adorable though, so it will be interesting to see what they are! :)
 

Overo Mare

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Unfortunately no he is not being cooperative at all. He's actually being quite nasty about it. He took his advert down for fertile eggs the same day I told him the breeds were wrong and replied with a not so nice message, so I'm guessing he thought he would get away with it. He has since blocked my mobile number and is not replying to anything. Very dodgy :(
Oh I am so sorry. People like that are awful! :hugs
 

SurferchickinSB

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So we purchased some pure black Australorp eggs from an apparent 'breeder' who assured us they were indeed pure bred.... fast forward to hatching day and they have come out looking like this!
I know for a fact the breeder also had Marans (not sure what colour) which were apparently in a different yard, but the eggs we got were a light brown colour, not dark brown, so I assume they were laid by an Australorp.

Another chick has hatched since these two and it is pure jet black all over and has a different body shape. It's still in the incubator drying off so I can't get any pictures yet unfortunately, but I'm guessing that one is definitely Australorp.

So my question is, could these two possibly still be black Australorps or are they something else??
No, they’re not Australorps because they are not chipmunk looking. Australorps look more like little penguins.
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linguini

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Here are some closer photos of the three of them. Not sure if the black one is an Australorp either, it only has a small white patch under it's bum, the rest of it is completely black
They are so cute!

We have one black australorp. Here are two photos when she was little
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Lbrown123

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I hate that for you. I got the wrong chicks last year too so I know how frustrating that is. I have since ordered the right chicks again for spring delivery. I will have 25 total when they get here.
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I am determined to get the flock I want. Good luck and hopefully they will be nice healthy chicks. 😊
 

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