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We hatched out a mixed bag of chicks after getting eggs from a farm that has Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks for sure and it seems a whole bunch of others. We even have some 4 toed, heavily feathered legs and feet, almost all black smaller chicks. Have to wait to see what they are.

These are just a few pics of what they look like today. We're raising them for egg laying only so we don't care, just would be nice to know what we have. Any guesses?

 

   5 weeks old

 

   5 weeks old

 

   5 weeks old

 

  1 week old

 

  just hatched

We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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If the birds were all running free, you have solid, utility laying barnyard mixes...with RIR and BR influence..the red birds show RIR influence, and the barred shows BR influence...the others could be a lot of different things or just mixed with different things.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Bantam Cochins. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Bantam Cochins. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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That's what were hoping for, good solid healthy laying hens and we'll probably keep a couple roosters, but not more than that.

Thanks

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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

If the birds were all running free, you have solid, utility laying barnyard mixes...with RIR and BR influence..the red birds show RIR influence, and the barred shows BR influence...the others could be a lot of different things or just mixed with different things.

 

LofMc

We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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post #4 of 5

One of the red birds looks suspiciously roo already...middle photo 5 weeks....on the left...more red comb showing...if that is a roo, that will take off pretty fast.

 

With that batch...you surely have some roos.

 

Keep a red based roo and when you put it over the barred birds, you should get sex linking for chicks....barred roos and black (with red leakage as they age) girls.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Bantam Cochins. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Bantam Cochins. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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Well we ended up with a gorgeous BR roo, 7 RIR roos,2 bantam Cochin roos (we think), 2 bantam Cochin pullets, several RIR pullets a BR pullet and one beautiful mix pullet that lays greenish-gray medium sized eggs. Not bad for our first hatch.
We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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