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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by CarlieO, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chirping

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    I'm new to Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucana breeding but I just hatched out 3 chicks. I'm trying to figure out if they're Wheaten or Blue Wheaten and pullets or cockerels. They are only 4 weeks old but I understand this breed is fairly straight forward to see at that age. Here are the 3:

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    It may be hard to see but the last pic has black feathers at the very bottom of the wings.

    Thank you for any and all advice! :)
     

  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

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    The last two photos look like pullets. I've never seen one with the patterning of the top one, so I don't know.

    Look at the photos on Ameraucana.org for reference.
     
  3. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Crowing

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    1-male
    2-pullet
    3-pullet

    I do not keep wheaten/blue wheaten AMs, but you can ask on the ameraucana thread to be 100% sure.
     
  4. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chirping

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    Thanks for your response! :) I checked out their website but unfortunately they only have images of day old chicks, front shot of them. No side/wing shots. I was wondering if the first one is a Blue Wheaten cockerel. I'm hoping their legs will begin to change color to the more standard color soon.
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

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    I didn't notice the legs. They won't change color. It seems that you might have some Easter Eggers instead of Ameraucanas.

    I have a Blue Wheaten rooster. He looked nothing like your first photo as a youngster, sorry.
     
  6. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Crowing

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    I meant you should ask on the ameraucana thread. If you were a member of the ameraucana club, you could ask on the ABC fourm. I would say the cockerel is a blue wheaten. The pigment will likely fill out eventually. Just takes a little time. Mine normally do not take that long though. My BBS hatch with pinkish toes and then fill out with the slate pigment


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  7. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chirping

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    These came from a breeder who sells her eggs here on BYC. I was fortunate enough to live near her to pick them up directly. Her birds are 100% Ameraucana, no EE's on site. I don't know how I would get an EE from that.
     

  8. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chirping

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    Sorry I didn't even see your original post, lol! I will post the pictures on the Ameraucana thread and see if I get any responses. Thanks for the advice! :)
     
  9. goldfinches

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    Their legs do look light for 4 weeks of age. Soon, you'll notice they're graying up, hopefully they'll turn a nice slate. That's one thing different about true Ameraucana, they're born with light legs that turn slate, unlike EE's that have green legs right from the start.

    It's hard to tell color so early, my guess is all Wheaten.

    I don't know which babies these are compared to hens now, but here are some pics showing a bit of leg color progression.

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