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when do ameraucanas get their beards (if they are going to get one?)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wahmommy, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an almost 4 week old Ameraucana that doesn't seem to have a beard yet... does that mean she won't have one? She isn't fully feathered out on her head yet, but her breast feathers are coming in...
     
  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    I believe they have them at birth, they look like chipmunk cheeks. My EE's had them at one day old.
     
  3. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE did not show up fully until it was about 8 wks or so, although it did have the small patches as a chick.
     
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  4. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    See the cheeks
     
  5. Curlymg

    Curlymg Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine had them when they hatched, really noticeable too. [​IMG]
     
  6. Darkwings

    Darkwings Out Of The Brooder

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    As others have said, they hatch with puffy cheeks. Mine had cheeks so big they almost covered their eyes! The beards seem to come later. Mine didn't become really noticeable until they were about 10 or 12 weeks old, I think. Cotton and her lovely cheeks and beard. :D

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  7. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay here she is at birth. And another two weeks ago and a photo of her yesterday.. so will she be a beardless ameraucana then? Or what? (and I'm working on correcting her feet)


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  8. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and yes I know there is no such thing as a beardless ameraucana [​IMG]

    between her crooked feet and this beard thing, I'm getting despondent. Can someone please weigh in on whether or not she will have muffs and beard? I bought the eggs from a reputable breeder.
     
  9. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    She wont have a beard, where did you get her?
     
  10. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I contacted the breeder and they confirmed she will not have a beard or muffs, there is something recessive going on and they offered to replace the chick.
     
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