Finally, my babies are here! I ordered 13 Buff Orps (one roo), 7 Black Australorps (one roo) and 5 Barred Rocks (straight run). I received 27 chicks, with one clearly the oddball "rare" chick they throw in for free. I don't know what the other extra is, but hopefully it's one of the breeds I ordered.
Hubby and I think the freebie chick may be a silver spangled hamburg. Opinions? It's clearly smaller than the rest of the gang and much more active. It also has a more upright stance. It's back is mottled, not barred. Also there is a light greenish/bluish tint to the legs.
I can't tell the difference between the BR's and the BA's. Can you give me some tips? Not that it matters I guess. In a few days the BR's will be showing their stripes. Wouldn't the Australorps have darker shanks? This one has a set of lungs! I suspect it's a roo based on the white blotch on the top of its head. I have five such chicks, the rest have dark black heads. Am I correct in my assumption?
Lastly, this little chick has chosen Derek. She stuck close to him, climbed on him and nibbled some oats out of his hand. He has named her Roseanna and we think she is a Black Australorp. Derek is so happy that one of the chicks is now his!