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  1. amberoliver
    I'm a new chicken owner!
    We've been wanting chickens and reading up on it, making coop plans and four days ago we went and picked up six laying hens from a friend who was getting out of having chickens for a while. I was asking about some of the breeds while I was there but I wasn't there when hubby went and got the chickens so I didn't get to ask about each chicken specifically. So now I'm having fun playing detective and figuring out what the breeds are for the chickens I don't know.
    One of my "mystery" chickens is our Buff called Agnes. She is as large or maybe larger than our Wyandottes, she has very little comb and wattle and yellow legs/feet. I'm torn between whether she is a Chantecler or an Orpington. The comb better matches the Chantecler and the yellow legs better match the Orpington. But I find it hard to believe that our friend would have purchased a cold weather Chantecler for central Texas, (though I guess it's not impossible.)
    What do y'all think? What kind of chicken is Agnes?
    Consensus says that Agnes is a Chantecler! (Especially since there is a hatchery that breeds Chanteclers here in Texas, which makes it not as unlikely as I thought...)

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    Next up is Betty.. I think she might be a Jersey Giant or an Australorp. If I was going by body shape I'd go with Jersey Giant but she doesn't have a single comb so I guess she's an Australorp? I read that the bottoms of the feet can help but I can't really tell if they're more pale yellow or pale pink they're just a pale grayish nondistinct color. I've tried to take the best pictures I can. Betty definitely rules the roost.. she makes the most noise, she's the biggest, and I haven't noticed anybody else picking on her though I've seen her pick on a few of the others. I guess she's top chicken. ;)
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    You can see the shape of her saddle in this one. She has a very nice body shape.
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    In the one above you can see her distinctive tail shape.
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    Her legs and feet. Gray. Not much help, huh??
    So what do y'all think? Is Betty an Australorp then? (My ten yr old jokingly calls her a turkey vulture.) =p

    Our hens are still in their very temporary pen while we plan and build them a very nice coop. So if it looks a little makeshift? Yeah.. it is.. =\ But I'm trying to give them what they need as best I can. I have a hanging waterer on the way to replace the bucket as my first step.

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