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  1. fshrchik

    Mash, Pellets or Crumbles? Poll!

    I feed mash. I put the feeder level with the back of the hens. As I am unable to feed a mix of whole grains that I make up and am purchasing feed anyway, mash is the form I choose as it takes longer for the birds to eat their fill. This means it gives them something to do for a longer period...
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    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    Well, here he is all grown up. He began crowing at about 2 months of age and around 4 months of age began mounting the pullets. He dances for the girls and calls them for goodies. He gives them the alarm when needed. He is a keeper for now. My Mom named him Cisco. He is 19 weeks old in...
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    Black Australorp - Do I get to stay with my favorite little boy or not?

    Looks like an Olive to me! I have a chick that apparently was put in the wrong bin at the feedstore. It was supposed to be a wyandotte pullet and is apparently an Australorp roo. He is 4 weeks old now, but in this picture he is 24 days old. It will give you a comparison.
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    Breed?

    These are the breeds that Murray McMurray says can show up in their "all heavies" assortment: Black Australorps; Lt. Brahmas; Dark Cornish; Black and White Giants; Buff and White Orpingtons; New Hampshire, Rhode Island Reds, Barred, White, Partridge, Buff Rocks; Sussex, Turkens; White, Silver...
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    Breed?

    aoxa, Your hen is beautiful! **** Well, I got a great deal on these "assorted heavy breed cockerels for meat" - 15 for $8.99. So, we'll see how it goes. We did not want to raise the cornish x meat birds. These are supposed to be all heavy breeds, but if it turns out they are all just...
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    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    Hezz, Thank you for this information! I am learning a lot of little ID tidbits and really enjoying it! I am bummed in that we paid more for a pullet we didn't get, and a breed we didn't get. I doubt they'd do anything about it, so that sucks. From what I've been reading on this site, that...
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    Breed?

    The buff colored boys have yellow legs. The others also have yellow legs. They never had the markings in the face that the picture of the partridge rocks you put up do. Could be a variation thing. I saw a pic of a couple of brown porcelain wyandotte chicks and they look just like these boys...
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    Breed?

    I was wondering about Buff Orpingtons, however, I wasn't sure about the color - it doesn't seem to be the rich color our previous buffs had. However, these are from a different hatchery, sooo???? The other - I had thought of Rhode Island Reds or New Hampshires. I wasn't sure, though, as most...
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    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    Hmmm. Well we will judge him on his own merits and not by those that went before him. LOL. We had 4 Australorps hatched out by a broody buff orpington and she also raised 5 hatchery buffs for us. The buffs were all great, but dang those silly Australorps were so dang skittish - very freaky...
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    Any idea what he is ?

    What does his comb look like? Is it a single comb or?
  11. fshrchik

    Breed?

    No one has any ideas?? Bummer!
  12. fshrchik

    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    The bottoms of his (?) feet are pink.
  13. fshrchik

    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    Gosh, I hope not. We've had Australorps before and did not like them - they were all very freaky birds. Well, he'll be in the stew pot if that's what he is. Hopefully one or more of the wyandottes will have been mis-sexed.
  14. fshrchik

    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    Yes, I had read (as others have stated), that wyandottes can sometimes throw a single comb (especially hatchery ones). Thinking back, I *know* I only pulled 3 from the black star bin. But I had help getting the 12 from the wyandotte bin. I'm betting s/he was in the wyandotte bin. Yes, the...
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    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    LOL. Guess I wasn't clear! I wasn't speaking of atypical like there was a health problem or deformity or anything, just an odd coloration or odd markings. I guess I am also wondering is she truly a black star (in which case I got 4 when I was only supposed to get 3 - bums me out a bit as...
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    Trying to figure out wats her breed type

    I am concerned about the way she is standing in the picture - her tail is down, tucked. Then how she's laying in the other picture. Well, if you have other birds, I would keep her quarantined until you know she is healthy. (Mellow is nice, but can be because she is ill.) She's a pretty...
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    Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

    So, now for my females! I bought 12 golden laced wyandotte females (hoping for at least one to have been mis-sexed and be a roo!), 3 golden comet females and 3 black sex link/black star females. Of all the dark birds, I have 4 with single combs. So, I started looking and noticing that of those...
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