A Mix of What? And how do I try to sex these? UGH!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 10whiskers, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some Easter Eggers and pretty much know what to look for on deciding sex for those.

    When I was at the egg farmer place, I wanted all Ameraucana's or Easter Egger's, that would possibly lay bluish or greenish eggs.
    After I picked out about 8 of the chipmunk ones, the farmer asked if I would like chickens who would probably lay PINK eggs. I said I did and the black chicks started going into the tote. I did notice, that out of the black chicks, 6 of them had these mini combs at 5 days old. Here are three of the 5 week, 4 day old unknown (to me) chicks. Of the other 2 chicks (not pictured), one has a pea comb and so far a smooth, yet unknown flat cushion comb. The Father, pointed out to me by the farmer, had a deep, rust red neck with multi-colored tail feathers - a huge fellow! The list of what he had left were what I had to choose from: Buffs, Ameraucanas, Easter Eggers, Lavender Orpingtons (?), RIR mixed, but there were only 4 of the RIR mixed left.

    What kind of chickens do you think these are and does the comb and wattles make the difference on what sex they might be? Also
    most of these (with the combs and wattles) seem to be VERY curious, but skittish, too and seem to pick the most fights.

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    Above: Bird One Side view and inside a comment about the wattles on the sibling to the right.

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    Above: Bird One again from another view.

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    Above: Bird Two. I know it looks like Bird One, but it's not.

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    Above: Bird two in the background AND Bird Three.

    What do you think these birds are if they look like this at almost 6 weeks and if there are any females who would lay pink eggs?
    PS: I'm most interested in how to sex these birds, so if you'd happen to know that too...
    Oh! They have a turquoise tint on most of their body.
     
  2. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like black sex links which you get by crossing a RIR and a barred rock. The hens are black with the reddish neck and chest feathers like that and the hens normally have pretty big combs. You can compare and judge for yourself, hope this helped!
     
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  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    X2 they look like black sex links. The last one is a cock and the first is a pullet.
     
  4. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't male black sex links keep the barred pattern?
     
  5. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the larger and darker the comb and wattles, are probably males?

    If that is true, the second bird, who almost looks identical to the first one is a pullet, too? I hope I'm reading this correctly.

    I'm a newbie at chickens, but I can't have rooster's and tomorrow I'm going to take my possible rooster's to this lady. If she takes them all, I'll be happy, if not, it will be the first time I'll have
    to send them to rooster heaven. I don't want to do it, but It's gotten too crowded and the other chicks will suffer if I don't thin the flock. =(
     
  6. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I'm pretty sure they're all females. Only the females are black the males are black and white striped. They're called sex links because when they hatch you can tell the males from the female. Here's a pic of hen vs rooster:

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    And the black sex link hens I've kept over the years all had enormous combs and wattles so that does not mean they're roosters!
     
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  7. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do not send the mistaken hens to rooster heaven! They're hens haha!!![​IMG]
     
  8. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, now I'm really confused. If these are black sex link, then wouldn't all the mostly black chicks be hens? If so, why did the OP say one was a cock and the other a pullet? (There were three birds in the pictures, but that's okay.)

    I suppose I can call the farmer and ask if he has any Barred Rock (?) in his flock. Isn't that the cross. RIR and Barred Rock?
    Is it possible there could be more breeds mixed in these birds?

    At least I wouldn't be giving away perfectly good pullets. =)

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  9. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try and find out for sure, it would be a shame to get rid of hen since bsl hens lay big brown eggs, good luck!!
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

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    No the only bird I see that is a roo is the last one. His comb is much taller and bigger than any of the others.
     

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