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post #11 of 21
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here are all of them but one, but the rest all look alike. It was hard to get them, and it is pretty blurry. Not sure what the black hens are so if you can identify that it would be cool, have just been wondering.

post #12 of 21
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here are all of them but one, but the rest all look alike. It was hard to get them, and it is pretty blurry. Not sure what the black hens are so if you can identify that it would be cool, have just been wondering.

post #13 of 21
The eggs won't develop unless you incubate them. You will not know the difference. Leave him with the flock. It may be good to get 2 or 3 more hens just to prevent over mating of the hens.
post #14 of 21
They look like hens in that picture to me.
The rooster is fine being in the coop with the hens.
To find the breed of the black hens we would need a close up picture to one of them.
Thank you and Goodluck,
Fionn.
I breed and show
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Coronation Sussex bantam
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Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cel45 View Post

The eggs won't develop unless you incubate them. You will not know the difference. Leave him with the flock. It may be good to get 2 or 3 more hens just to prevent over mating of the hens.


Your birds may well be fine as is.  If you bring in new birds you should really quarantine them to prevent the possibility of disease.  Then you have what may or may not be the hassle of introducing new birds to your existing flock.  Several years ago I overwintered one rooster with only two hens with absolutely no problems then I increased the flock with no problems when spring came.  You may like the number you have and it may work for you or you have the option of buying either new chicks (less possibility of disease) or older birds or if any of your hens goes broody you can try the fun of raising your own.

     Just count on the fact you can hatch everything from 0 to 100% cockerels and plan accordingly.  So many possibilities,  Have fun.

post #16 of 21
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Does anyone know what breed the rooster in the original post is? It also has grey feathers on it'S feet.
post #17 of 21
I have never seen a breed like him,
So maybe he is a cross breed?
Goodluck,
Fionn.
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by bryntwinslow View Post

Does anyone know what breed the rooster in the original post is? It also has grey feathers on it'S feet.

Probably a Cochin.

post #19 of 21

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Feather footed and rounded tail, he looks like a partridge Cochin to me. They're known as being docile and gentle birds, so you may have lucked out with your first rooster. 

 

Hard to tell from the pics, but playing the odds I'm thinking you have production Red/hatchery Rhode Island Red hens and probably Australorps. They're by far the most common breeds in those colors. 

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