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post #11 of 17
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Gosh really ?! We have had them 10 weeks . Think i may just take them to the vet for a health check. Thats greatly annoyed me if that is indeed true. He sold them to us as Black Rock Hens, females, "point of lay" and aged 18weeks and we have treated them accordingly to those facts. Scary. Just as well they are easy to care for and i havent jeopardised their health too much. Thanks again
post #12 of 17

Have you been feeding them layer pellets? Flocks with a rooster should not be fed layer pellets as the extra calcium will build up in his kidneys, causing his eventual death. A grower, flock raiser, or all flock is best with calcium offered separately for layers.

post #13 of 17
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I will have to double check the feed tomorrow morning. My other half bought it after telling the supplier what our "hens" were, age etc. This is absolutely gutting ! Will definitely get them checked asap. Thankyou
post #14 of 17

The male does look very gamey to me- I think he is a mix with what, I don't know.  The other is female 

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post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

They appear to be Wyandotte mixes. Rocks have single combs, and aren't black. There are black Wyandottes, but they should have bright yellow legs, and they aren't very common. The one on the left is definitely a cockerel, he's got long, thin male saddle feathers.

hi. you seem to know a bit about black rocks, can you tell me if they lay dark brown eggs?

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by philipchickymad View Post
 

hi. you seem to know a bit about black rocks, can you tell me if they lay dark brown eggs?

Like I said, they aren't Rocks, but your pullet should lay a shade of brown eggs. Both Rocks and Wyandottes lay brown eggs that can range in shade from light to medium brown.

post #17 of 17

If you want dark brown eggs, get a Welsummer, Marans, or Barnevelder.

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