All hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Olandpoohandchickens, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Olandpoohandchickens

    Olandpoohandchickens Chirping

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    After having REALLY bad luck with getting hens, we found someone selling their 3-4 months old hens, one Grey Dorking, one gold laced whydonatte mix, and 4 susses/maran mix. We are going to pick them up tomorrow afternoon. I am of course paranoid so posting here to ask for your opinion on if they are all hens or not? These are the only pictures they sent me, apologize for poor quality. Thank you everyone!
     

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  2. Golden Brahma 64

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    All look like hens to me
     
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  3. Olandpoohandchickens

    Olandpoohandchickens Chirping

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    Oh yeah! Thank you!! And don’t worry I won’t hold you accountable if they weren’t hens lol
     
  4. JedJackson

    JedJackson Free Ranging

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    Can't see some of them very well, but you have possible cockerels. The black and white once below the roost in the first picture is one possible cockerel. The black and white one on the right in the second picture is another possible cockerel.

    I am not saying they definitely are cockerels-- just that they are ones to keep an eye on. Better pictures could help us say for sure one way or the other.
     
  5. Olandpoohandchickens

    Olandpoohandchickens Chirping

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    Is it because of the comb size and color? I will take a closer look tomorrow when I get there. Will pay extra attention!
     
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    JedJackson Free Ranging

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    For the one in the second picture, yes. I can't see much of the comb for the one under the roost in the first picture, but the color pattern on its back could mean male Wyandotte. Just something to look at. I hope you get all girls if that is what you want.
     
  7. Olandpoohandchickens

    Olandpoohandchickens Chirping

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    Thank you! And yes, girls only! I bought 9 chickens 8 turned out to be boys!!!
     
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    Ugh, that is the pits. No fun at all dealing with that. I hope you get all girls if you try again. Sex links are a good option because they are easy to sex right when they hatch.
     
  9. Olandpoohandchickens

    Olandpoohandchickens Chirping

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    Thank you! And yes, I did read about sex links! If I ever get day olds I would look for them for sure! The 9 chickens we got were 3 week olds when we got them. I think we were lied to but nothing I can do now, the breeder wouldn’t message me back. Learned a lesson!
     
  10. chickendreams24

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    I see several possible cockerals.

    Better pictures are needed.

    Personally they seem quite sketchy to me.

    I don't see any that look like a silver gray dorking.

    The black chicks may be Sussex mixes but it depends on the color of the mothers and father's. The barred bird in the first picture looks suspect to me as well.

    If the birds are only 3-4 months old I'm thinking some of those combs look too red to be pullets of that age.

    I'm leaning toward this seller not being up front about either the genders or ages of these birds.

    In photo in the bird under the roost looks like a pure silver laced wyandotte (could be mixed with gold possibly but no good is visible-i could be wrong but I think if the parents were used to make sexlink crosses the males would be silver) cockeral or possibly a rooster. While I see no saddled feathers the large white patches on the shoulders with no lacing usually means male. I've only seen one off color hen like that.

    To my eyes that bird is definitely male.

    If they weren't truthful about that one what else have they been dishonest about.

    Many hatcheries do small orders of sexed pullets and many breeders most from my experience will be honest about the gender of a bird.

    Also more and more tractor supply companies and other feed stores are carrying spring and also fall chicks. I know our local one has chicks right now.

    I would pass on these birds and look elsewhere.

    What state are you in?
     
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