Oh! So many replies, thank you all! Where to start...
okay to be honest, I didn't even fully read the top part above the pictures! I'm terrible! I agree with the poster above on the body style though. They do all have that lean, leghorn look. I guess I just assumed they were young, and hadn't grown into the stockier dual purpose bodies...
How old are they, OP?
They are all under white hens are 3 years and the others are over 1 forsure. Except 2 babies from one of the black hens who hid her eggs from my aunt (who I got the chickens from) I know the 2 babies are a heinz 57 they totally look it.
Yes they came from the same place but I dont have much history. The 2 "red necks" came from one place and the 2 blacks came from someplace else the white hens are the oldest and they were bought in bulk. My aunt started out with probably about 50+ straight run chicks, all white. Thats all I remember when I heard she first got them.
Personally, I think they're all mixed.
The speckeled bird probably has a lot of sussex in her, but the legs are off and the body type doesn't look like my birds.
The second one could be a sex link, the color is right.
The third and fourth ones--well I don't know much about marans but the last one really doesn't look like an australorp to me. The body style isn't right.
Did anyone else notice the large combs on the last three especially, with that big overhang on the back? Since all of them look too light bodied to be the breeds they mostly resemble, I'm thinking there's leghorn in there somewhere, esp since OP says she has some leghorn mix. I'm guessing these birds just came from a backyard breeder and mixes are a great possibility.
All mixed is fine with me!
Yes, I agree with all above. Not a Marans expert, but have read that the breeding stock from England tends to have clean legs (no feathers) while the French breeding stock has sparsly feathered legs. If a Marans, you will know by the very dark brown egg.
I applaud chickenmomma16 for doing so much research. Identification can be tough, especially when many chickens have other breeds bred into their lines, with the intent of improving or adding a desirable trait. You also get "unwanted" traits from these crosses, but the chickens can still be great.
Your girls all look lovely and healthy, and seem happy to have such a great place to run around!
They have clean legs and I do not get dark brown eggs from them. All the hens lay different shades of brown, from light to med even the white girls. Thanks Wishing4Wings! I have always been intrested in breeding and lines of my other pets, the chickens have proved no different! They are comming from free ranging at their previous home to staying in a coop because of neighbor dogs, coyotes, racoons... you name it we have it. So they are going a bit stir crazy and I hear from one hen every time I go out there, she follows me and gives me a peice of her mind about being kept in. Its kinda cute, but they do have plenty space in the run and coop for the 17 of them.
Its nice to get everyones input. It is much better then scratching my head at hundreds of pictures over the net.