Originally Posted by Ridgerunner
There are a whole lot of different “red” birds those could possibly be. They might be a breed, they might be a cross. From the information you gave earlier I’ll guess that they are “Red Cross” from Mt. Healthy, but that is only a guess. They could be about anything. A whole lot of different chicks look a lot alike. From looking at the feathers coming in on the wings those could be a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster and some sort of Columbian hen. The Columbia pattern is a white bird with black on the tail and neck and usually a little black on the wings. Delaware and Light Sussex are examples.
Hatcheries do not cross Cornish Rocks or Rangers with anything else. It is just something they don’t do. Don’t let people scare you about that.
Those were labelled as pullets. It is highly (make that about as certain as you can get) that they are not going to sell any meat birds as pullets. Unless they just totally messed up labelling those you should have some red hens that lay well. I think you will be very happy with them.
Oh yes I have figured it out that they look like so many different breeds!! Haha! I'm like wait you look like these, no wait, now these. It's so confusing. I just want some healthy hens. I plan on ordering a small batch in a couple of months. Just to add some variety to my flock. I am hoping these ones I have are just some sort of Red Cross pullets. I'm worried about a couple of them being roosters tho. I have three that have tail feathers already, the other three still have fluff tails. There are two with the feathered tails that their tails are on a sort of v formation and then one of their tails just goes kind of straight across.
They all are very feisty and curious. They wanna run outta the brooder when I open the door and explore me and everything else. They are all chest bumping and running around and at each other flapping their wings. I hope they are all hens. I love them so much, I'm so attached to the fluff balls already and don't wanna have to rehome any males.
I guess I'm just worried that they may have been straight runs instead of pullets, since the breed was obviously wrong. I'm worried the gender may have been too.