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How will I know which chick, duckling, or gosling is which breed when I receive my order?

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You can identify some baby chicks, ducks, and geese by the colored bands on their legs.

Congratulations! You've received your order of baby chicks or waterfowl from My Pet Chicken and now you want to know which breed is which. No problem!

Some babies may have leg bands. You can compare the leg band color on your bird to the charts below to help identify the breeds in your order. 

IMPORTANT: The leg bands MUST be removed within about a week (because your chicks, ducks, or geese will be growing while the leg bands won't!). Since these are rubber bands, they are extremely easy to remove. Just grab the band and roll it down over the foot.

Chicken Breeds

Chicken Breed Band color
Ayam Cemani Green 
Blue/Black/Splash Birchen Marans
Black/Lavender Split Orpington Yellow
Blue Copper Marans
Dark Pink 
Jubilee Orpington
Lavender Ameraucana
 Partridge Penedesenca
 Swedish Flower Hen
Male chicks of breeds on the list above will have the breed ban noted and an additional BLUE band. (1st band matches their breed color, 2nd band is blue.) Blue
Male Bantam breeds will be banded with a single BLUE band only when ordered with sexed females of the same breed.  Blue 


 Additional info for chickens with leg bands:

  • Please note: When ordered as assortments, breeds from this list may or may not be marked.
  • For chicks that aren't one of the above breeds and don't come banded, they are usually easier to distinguish by appearance. You can compare your chicks to the photos on our site to try to identify which is which. My Pet Chicken makes it easier for you by providing a Baby Chick Breed Identifier that includes photos of chicks by breed, listed alphabetically.
  • Many different breeds look similar as chicks, so in some cases, it's possible that you may not be absolutely sure what you have until the birds get their mature plumage, but in most cases, a combination of comparing photos and using the leg bands to distinguish similar-looking breeds should help.

Duck Breeds

    Breed Day-Old Bird Appearance Band Color
    Black Swedish Black with a yellow chest Yellow
    Blue Swedish Gray with a yellow chest Red
    Buff Tan Red
    Cayuga Black, may have yellow tint on chest Purple
    Duclair Yellow Yellow
    Golden 300 Hybrid Males-blackish, Females-brownish Blue
    Grimaud Hybrid Yellow White
    Hookbill Multicolored Black
    Jumbo Pekin Yellow Green
    Khaki Campbell Dark brown Purple
    Mallard Same as Rouen, but smaller, one back toe clipped Purple
    Pekin Yellow Purple
    Rouen Black with yellow stripes beside eyes Green
    Black Runner Black, may have yellow tint on chest; slender, more upright stance White
    Blue Runner Gray; slender, more upright stance Yellow
    Chocolate Runner Dark Brown; slender, more upright stance Green
    Fawn & White Runner Yellow with tan splotches; slender, more upright stance White
    Saxony Tan with yellow stripes by eyes Green
    Silver Appleyard Yellow with shades of black and gray Orange
    Welsh Harlequin Yellow with shades of black and gray Red
    White Crested Yellow with tuft of down on top of head Black
    White Layer Yellow Orange


    Additional info for ducks and geese with leg bands:

    • If you ordered straight run ducks or geese, they will not be marked for sex.
    • Remember - if the band is on the bird's right leg it is a male; if it is on the bird's left leg, it is a female.

    Goose Breeds 

    Breed Day-Old Bird Appearance Band Color
    African Olive gray and yellow Black
    Brown Chinese Olive gray and yellow Orange
    Buff Buff/tan and yellow Yellow
    Buff Toulouse Buff/tan and yellow Green
    Embden Yellow and light gray Red
    Classic Roman Yellow and light gray Green
    French Toulouse Olive gray and yellow Purple
    Large Dewlap Toulouse Olive gray and yellow Purple and Orange
    Pilgrim Male-Yellow & light gray; Female-Olive gray and yellow Blue
    Roman Tufted Yellow and light gray with tuft on head Black
    Sebastopol Yellow and light gray Orange
    Super African Olive gray and yellow Yellow
    Toulouse Olive gray and yellow Green
    Tufted Buff Buff and yellow with tuft on head Red
    Tufted Toulouse Olive gray and yellow with tuft on head Red
    White Chinese Yellow Orange