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#1 2012-05-07 21:13:54

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Chick Colors

My chicks are 1 week today and I took photos of a few of them (below), since I am curious about the different colors.  These chicks are representative of the rest (by varying degrees.)  I am interested to know what colors these will typically grow up to be, and if they have specific names.


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#2 2012-05-07 21:17:09

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Re: Chick Colors

CHICK 1 - YELLOW 0

This chick was almost solid clear yellow, and has almost solid white feathers coming in.

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo1b_edit.jpg

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo1a_edit.jpg

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#3 2012-05-07 21:19:05

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Re: Chick Colors

CHICK 2 - BROWN

This chick has a a bit more color on its back, and feathers coming in on the wings are a very light rusty cream color.

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo2a_edit.jpg

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo2b_edit.jpg

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#4 2012-05-07 21:22:07

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Re: Chick Colors

CHICK 3 - ORANGE

This chick has similar colored wings to Chick 2 but with some gray bars mixed in.

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo3a_edit.jpg

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo3b_edit.jpg

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#5 2012-05-07 21:24:15

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Re: Chick Colors

CHICK 4 - BLUE

This chick was mostly yellow with a few spots on top of its head, and black eye markings, and now has white and gray barred feathers coming in on its wings.

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo4a_edit.jpg

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/photo4b_edit.jpg

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#6 2012-05-07 22:12:07

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Re: Chick Colors

Wow.  gorgous chicks!  I don't have any EOs yets, hopefully some in the bater right now.  The others will be able to give you good insight into what the chicks will look like in the future.  Would you mind looking at my farm photos?  My two mystery chicks have similar colours to one of yours.  They are just over a week old.


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#7 2012-05-07 23:45:05

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Re: Chick Colors

Those are the same colours I see in the chicks.  I haven't kept track good enough to see if there is a correlation to adult colour.


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#8 2012-05-07 23:53:59

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Re: Chick Colors

That's the thing with the EO's there is such a variance in feather colour.  Looks like one with be more grey, the other more of a honey/wheaton colour and I have had chicks start to feather out white then get the butterscotch spots start to show up.

Lovely chicks Terra Blue :thumbsup:

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#9 2012-05-08 01:01:20

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Re: Chick Colors

Yep, that's a great pictorial of the EO chick color range, I have the same colors here and am planning to track them as you have to see how chick down color translates into adult feathers. So far I am only 1 week ahead of you in my experiment (my chicks are two weeks old).

Here is the thread where I posted some information and more recently some chick pictures of mine that i plan to momitor through. http://forums.euskaloiloas.com/viewtopic.php?id=822

It would be great if you can track yours through and see how they turn out! You have just graduated from EO student to helping with the teaching Terra-Blue! That's how much we still have to learn about this breed.


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#10 2012-05-08 01:04:49

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Re: Chick Colors

I find the yellower they are as chicks, the closer to ideal as adults.  The ones with grey down and especially the red and up with more grey/black on them as far as we have seen, but it seems we see new colours all the time.  I'll bet the top one will be your best coloured.  The ones with a lot of black in the wings are often females with the dark red mottling rather than golden, but again they are so variable.  Beautiful birds they are growing well. :thumbs:

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#11 2012-05-08 01:38:59

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Re: Chick Colors

Those white ones are interesting. If it does stay white, you will also need to keep track of how friendly he is compared to the others and if he is bigger. Many of us have been noticing a trend with the white/mostly white chicks.
My guesses are.
1. Male
2. Female
3. Female (good coloring)
4. Female

Do you have them banded or marked in some way? They sure are cute.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#12 2012-05-09 04:16:10

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Re: Chick Colors

Thank you for all the input.  I would guess that the yellow/white one is a rooster.  While I don't have a lot of experience yet, that one is bigger, and appears masculine in build to me (also is pushier than the others).  Of all the lighter colored ones like that one, they generally don't seem as friendly as some of the others.  Does that hold true Nature's Pace?

I don't have them banded yet since I ordered two sizes but even the smallest ones were too large to use yet.  There are a few that I can easily identify, but it will be easier once they are banded to track them.

I will hopefully be keeping 6 hens from this group, so hoping the keep the best quality and colors.

Thank you Poplar Girl for the link to the genetics info.  Really enjoying that thread and slowly digesting it.  Having a background in dog breeding gives me a little head start in understanding it, but I have a long way to go to grasp all the color variations with the EO.


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#13 2012-05-09 06:08:02

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Re: Chick Colors

NaturesPace, how did you do that?  How do you know which chick is pullet or roo?  Could you do that with my photos?  It was great to see these photos and learn the colour ranges!


All the best,

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#14 2012-05-09 16:32:20

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Re: Chick Colors

M&K Those are just guesses based on the chicks i've seen. I don't know that it's correct.

Terra, Most of us have found the white birds more friendly or at least outgoing and pushy. They want attention first.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#15 2012-05-09 18:07:55

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Re: Chick Colors

Well I would say the lighter/white ones I have are definitely more pushy, and not as docile.  Perhaps we are defining friendly differently. Really interesting to hear those comments about their personalities.


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#16 2012-05-09 18:22:28

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Re: Chick Colors

yes, i'm wondering if they are actually pushy/aggressive or if they are indeed friendly, nice roos. Once their hormones kick in a bit more, it will be interesting to see what i think of their personalities.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#17 2012-05-09 19:09:45

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Re: Chick Colors

The lighter ones I have seem mostly like they may be cockerels.  They don't seem to like to be handled as much as the others. Defintely pretty fearless though.


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#18 2012-05-10 01:14:16

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Re: Chick Colors

I have found the grey roosters are huge and shy, the pullets small and fairly friendly.  But the friendliest are the yellow roos, pushing to the front along with the reddy grey hens! :EO:

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#19 2012-05-10 02:12:44

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Re: Chick Colors

Last year I had some white and silver boys and they were not shy...very aggressive in fact! They were not from your birds Claire, from Black horse ranch.

I need to take some pictures...I just hatched 4 chicks from a pair breeding, Honey and Wellington, and it looks to me like all 4 chicks are very similar in their chick down colors. I don't think I want to attempt to keep track of each chick individually but I will keep track of them by mating pair. Over the next month I will be hatching eggs from different pairs, trying to figure out the genes the parents are carrying.

I have to say trying to figure out all this is a lot of fun. but also challenging, group matings are much easier. Perhaps another thread...


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#20 2012-05-10 22:34:53

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That was helpful to me to see the chicks from Wellington x Honey.  Thanks for posting those.


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#21 2012-05-11 00:51:01

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Re: Chick Colors

Posting new photos below at 10 days.  (I also edited the older photos to match band colors.)  My main reason for doing this is to create a way to track the colors.  (Second photos were just done for photo ID.)

BLACK
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/blackAIMG_4119edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/blackBIMG_4120edit.jpg

BLUE
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/blueAIMG_4126edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/blueBIMG_4125edit.jpg

BROWN
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/brownAIMG_4129edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/brownBIMG_4130edit.jpg

GREEN
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/greenAIMG_4137edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/greenBIMG_4138edit.jpg

ORANGE
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/orangeAIMG_4117edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/orangeBIMG_4118edit.jpg

PINK
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/pinkAIMG_4135edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/pinkBIMG_4136edit.jpg

PURPLE
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/purpleAIMG_4114edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/purpleBIMG_4115edit.jpg

RED
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/redAIMG_4131edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/redBIMG_4132edit.jpg

WHITE
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/whiteAIMG_4127edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/whiteBIMG_4128edit.jpg

YELLOW 0
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow0AIMG_4121edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow0BIMG_4122edit.jpg

YELLOW 1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow1AIMG_4141edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow1BIMG_4142edit.jpg

YELLOW 2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow2AIMG_4133edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow2BIMG_4134edit.jpg

YELLOW 3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow3AIMG_4124edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow3BIMG_4123edit.jpg

YELLOW 4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow4AIMG_4139edit.jpg
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o551/joniajohnson/yellow4BIMG_4140edit.jpg


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#22 2012-05-11 01:47:52

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Re: Chick Colors

Oh lovely.  That is great for keeping a record, nice pics and chicks.  I had  a little pullet chick with the mascara line like your Blue, hers was about twice the length and she is 4 weeks now and the dark red/black colour and super friendly.  Those are good sized chicks at 10 days.  I'm looking forward to the next set of pics!

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#23 2012-05-11 02:00:59

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Re: Chick Colors

Beautiful!  Rookie question, what are you using as leg bands?  I wonder if my EO eggs will hatch this time?  i have three Speckled Jim eggs and 6 eggs from Paula.  I would like to copy your example and track their colours and growth.  Lovely chicks!  Which are friendly, which aren't?


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#24 2012-05-11 02:03:32

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Re: Chick Colors

I ordered the bands though they are still a bit too large.  (http://www.strombergschickens.com/) Now that I have them banded I need to track which are friendliest.  A few I know by their unique markings, but I will be able to really watch and record that now.

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#25 2012-05-11 11:33:38

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Re: Chick Colors

You may find they vary in friendliness over time, some start off frienldy from day on to 3.  Others evolve to that by week 3.  I have three breeding pens set up here and there is a difference here this year. 

Speckled Jim, our 4 year old Grandaddy's offspring were friendly enough the first week then I wasn't able to handle them for nearly 2 weeks and they were more flighty, now they have calmed down and about half are leaning on my hand and begging for attention when I go to the brooder. Sonny Jim's (who was one of my boldest chicks for wanting attention and to get on my knee) chicks most of the 2nd hatch, were insanely friendly from the get go, and only got bolder by week two.  The only 2 or 3 that weren't super friendly out of that 15 or so were Curly and Speckled Jims odd chicks.  So there is variation.  Curly's are friendly when they get to know you but are more cautious for the first week or so.   Curly will tolerate being picked up, but doensn't look for it like the others.  The hen he is with, Blondie, is pathologically greedy and can't stay away if she things you have food. 

These chickens truly are fun to study and observe and play with you may even find them influencing the behaviour of other breeds in the brooder.  I have never had a friendly penedesenca and I have one now brooded with hatch one, the 4 week olds.  They seemed to calm the pendesencas that are way flightier when raised with the less calm chanteclers and no Euskal Oiloas. 

Yours are so cute with the tiny tails.  I find the females get the tail first and shoulder blade area feathers first a 5 days to a week or so after that in the EOs.

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