5 Barred Rocks and Marshmallow 3.5 weeks old, what will they be... he or she?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by VaMamaHen, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. VaMamaHen

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    These are my 1.5 week babies :) we normally adopt reds but we decided to try something new this time. We have 5 BRs and one I'm not sure of. It doesn't look like the red chick's we've had previously. I'm pretty sure one of my BRs with the pretty face markings is a roo. He's way bigger than the rest and seems to have some pretty strong barring so far. Any guesses on the rest? And what my small bronze baby is?
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    I would say your bronze chick is probably either a (bad quality) RIR, a Production Red, or a Red sex-link. They are to young to guess for sure but I think Barred #1 and #2 maybe cockerels.
     
  3. VaMamaHen

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    Hello fellow Virginian! The bronze was last of the batch of straight runs unknown breed. Hopefully he or she will catch up in size with the other ones. Yea I'm starting to think I may have 2 roos the more I look at them. We've never owned a roo so it will be a new experience :)
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    The bronze one is probably a Production Red.
     
  5. VaMamaHen

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    Do you know if the feathers on him/her are supposed to be that thin? Previous post said possibly a bad quality RIR. My concern after thinking about it is that he/she may have some issues as it grows if it is bad quality. We will keep him/her either way.
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm seeing a Production Red and Barred Rocks...nothing screaming roo at this point...comb is the best indicator for hatchery Barreds until they feather in enough that the double barring is more clear on the males (and even then it can be hard to look at a single bird and decide if that is white on black or black on white).

    Your red bird looks fine. It is simply half down and some feathers. It should fill in with time. Some feather more slowly is all (often males but not always). If you notice a difference in size and growth from the others of that batch, it is possible this one has failure to thrive which may mean something is amiss. Watch and wait. If it looks unhealthy, isolate and treat as needed. (You can get a lot of information from the disease thread on BYC).

    My thoughts
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Lady of Mc
     
  8. VaMamaHen

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    Thank you :) I was hoping he/she was just a late bloomer. I will keep watch, he/she eats and drinks just as much as the others and plays so she's not showing any signs of illness. The 3rd BR down acts a lot different than the others. He/she won't go to sleep until the others do and will sleep where it has a view point of all the others. Very active and curious as well. All the babies will be staying with us regardless of sex :) we are excited to see what they all turn out to be. Hopefully they will like their 7 big sisters.
     
  9. Chicken Girl1

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    Be sure to keep us updated! I can't wait to find out what they really are :)!
     
  10. VaMamaHen

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    I will :) I've been taking lots of pictures of them so I'll try and post some weekly.
     

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