I mentioned we had chickens in my first thread here, and my fiance posted, at some point, that we lost 3 of our 6 to what we assume to be something they shouldn't have eaten. A container of bad food I was using to lure flies into my traps had been knocked over, and we think that the chickens may have, at the least, stepped in it and cleaned it off their feet. The others are quite fine and are getting very heavy! It's always baffled us on whether they're mixes or not. I'm not chicken savvy, and he's never dealt with these particular species. We have a Golden-Laced Wyandotte, and two Ameraucanas, at least, that's what we were told at the store. The reason I question Heist, my little Wyandotte, is because she's rumpless... If what I've read is correct, Golden-Laced Wyandottes usually have tails, right? I don't have a picture of her back end, so I'll post what I currently have. Heist is also very tiny, but she appeared to be a 'runt', of sorts, from the start, when I picked her out from all the chicks. Both Ameraucanas have tails. Winter, one of the Ameraucanas, is very beautiful. He thinks she is an actual Ameraucana, but I don't think so because she lacks the little 'beard'. Winter also seems to be lacking a comb?... Is there such thing as a late bloomer, or a combless chicken in the poultry world? I don't have a picture of mutt, but he questions if she's a mix. I don't because she DOES have the beard. I'd get a picture, but I can't transfer pictures at the moment, so taking one would do no good. The best I can describe is she's very plump, heavy, red in color with a black top on her head, and a little fuzzy 'beard' under her lower beak. Any definitive answer on this, or any input?