Which blue is which?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by marxmail, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. marxmail

    marxmail Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Morning,

    I ordered chicks -including three separate blue breeds from Meyers and I am having trouble deciding which is which.

    I should have a blue orpington, blue copper marans and blue ameraucana. I thought the chick which has the splash markings was the ameraucana because it looks like it has some puffy cheeks. Maybe the marans chick is the darkest? Reading up on blue orpingtons I don't think the last chick should have slate color legs so I believe I am wrong.

    Anyone care to help me out please?

    Thanks!

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  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Ameracaunas should have slate colored legs for sure.
    If there are and feathers on their legs, those must be the marans, though marans also come in clean legged varieties, so they might all be clean legged.
    Best bet is to keep them all ;) Their breed will be much more apparent as they grow.
     
  3. marxmail

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    Thanks... I am definitely keeping them (as long as they turn out to be pullets). It didn't take long to get hooked on chickens!
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  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Remember, as with any other blue varieties, you might not get a blue chick when you order one. While you can cross a Black X Splash to get a 100% blue hatch, that's not what most people sell, and Meyers is not exception. Meyers' "blue" varieties are Blue/Black/Splash. Here's the description of the Blue Amerauacana from their site:

    The Ameraucana breed arrived in the 1970’s originating right here in the United States. The breed’s most striking feature is their black or slate colored legs and the fact that they lay blue tinted eggs. They have both beards and muffs. They have a quiet and calm personality and will be sure to attract attention to your flock. These are not to be confused with Easter Eggers, as they are a pure breed. As with other “blue” breeds, the trait does not breed true. In addition to blue you may receive splash and/or black as well. Chick color is hatchery choice.

    Also, have you looked on Meyers' web site? They show photos of the chicks on the breed pages. Thusly, here's the page for Blue Orps: https://www.meyerhatchery.com/produ...D=BOPS&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT_ID = 'BOPS'

    Not the chick photos at the bottom. They'll help you out.
     
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  6. marxmail

    marxmail Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.... I can't wait to see what the splash chicks look like when they grow up!
     
  7. marxmail

    marxmail Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wanted to post updated pics. It seems the chick with most yellow turned out to be americauna splash - beautiful girl?..

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