White Leghorn chicks.. Or are they??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jmneill1, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. jmneill1

    jmneill1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello folks. I've been pouring over this forum for a couple weeks since picking up my first seven White Leghorn chicks from the local farm store. They are doing wonderfully and I have finished their coup. (over and over again)

    This brings me to my question: The chicks are 14 days old and are developing brown wing and tail feathers.
    Is this all part of growing up for white leghorn chicks, or do I have seven little mysteries on my hands? :)

    The feathers are darker than the pictures depicts, as I was unable to spread the little one's wings using only one hand.

    Thanks for having me on the forum, and thanks in advance for any opinions!

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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    They look like red sex links.
     
  3. jmneill1

    jmneill1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I will post better pictures when I can get them out into some natural light tomorrow.
    guess white Leghorns they are not. lol
     
  4. MaLoTu

    MaLoTu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one white leghorn that is less than a week old, she already has white flight feathers. They are a very light buttercup yellow as chicks. Ill try to post a picture if you feel it would help.
     
  5. jmneill1

    jmneill1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the offer MaLoTu, but at this point It's a safe bet I have anything but white leghorns. :)

    Here are some pictures taken a few minutes ago showing the developing color. I'd welcome any input as to what they might, or might not be. Someone suggested red sex links, another cornish rocks, but with a Google search, I can neither confirm or rule out either..
    The farm store did have cornish rocks at the time I bought these if it helps...

    Once again, thanks for any input..

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  6. Julia62

    Julia62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are Red Sex Links, you will get some great eggs! We have a Leghorn, Golden Comet (aka Golden Sex Link), and a Silver Laced Wyandotte and the golden comet (Ginger) gives us good sized eggs missing about 1 or 2 days a month. Mrs. Howell (Leghorn) lays about the same but her eggs average 60-64 grams in size. Either way, great birds :)
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    They are definitely not Cornish X. Those are solid white and would be much bigger by now.
     
  8. jmneill1

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    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but could I take the fact you mentioned above (lack of super rapid growth) that these are probably not meat birds?
    Being this was initially a white leghorn purchase, I was of course, after good egg layers..

    Thanks..
     
  9. jmneill1

    jmneill1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, new pictures. 18 days old today, give or take a day.
    Any new clues, educated guesses or ideas?
    Again, these came from a box marked white leghorn pullets..
    Could they be a leghorn cross? My uneducated guess would be no, as I see no sign whatsoever of white feathers..

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  10. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    They are not Leghorns. They still look like red sex links to me. They are excellent brown egg layers.
     

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