Any clue on these girls?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chickenkeepr, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. Chickenkeepr

    Chickenkeepr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine gave me 4 hens (will be 1 year old this spring) the two white ones are identical and the other two differ slightly but she said she bought them as the same breed. I think the white ones are Delawares? Not sure about the other though. I did get a lovely pink egg from one of them already today.[​IMG] the dark ones have black feet.
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  2. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first is a Black Sex Link. The second is a Delaware like you thought. :)
     
  3. Chickenkeepr

    Chickenkeepr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Rhodebar Lover I'll have to get a picture of the other dark one tomorrow. She only has half of a beak but she gets along just fine..other than she's an instigator. She looks much different than this girl. She looks identical to one of my Easter eggers and has dark legs and feet, but she's supposed to be the same breed as this girl.

    I've never owned either breeds, anything I should know about them? They are all very friendly.
     
  4. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will help identify her when you post a picture. :) I have never raised either Black Sex Links or Delawares but have heard good things about them. They are both duel purpose, meaning the males are meaty, yet the females are good layers. Delawares are fairly uncommon are a pure breed. Black Sex Links on the other hand are a cross designed so that you can determine the genders at hatch. They are a cross between a barred rooster (usually Barred Plymouth Rock) and a red hen (usually Rhode Island Red) and the females are all lack at hatch and when grown are black with red or orange on their chests. The males on the other hand are all black at birth except for a white spot on their heads and when grown, are barred and often have colored leakage. :)
     
  5. Chickenkeepr

    Chickenkeepr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] here is the other girl @Rhodebar Lover she does only have half of a beak. All 4 have had a little frosbite and I brought her in after taking this picture to clean her face up. She had a bit of dried blood on it. This is the first time I've introduced new hens to my flock. How long does it normally take for them to get a pecking order established? I had 11 and added these 4.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks like a Partridge Rock, but with dark legs instead of yellow. Probably a mixed breed.
    It can take months for the pecking order fights to stop. Just popping 4 new hens into an established flock is going to cause a lot of stress on everybody.
    A look-but-don't-touch period of a few weeks really helps introductions to go much smoother.
     
  7. Chickenkeepr

    Chickenkeepr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many don't seem bothered by the new girls, the more dominant ones are being challenged by the half beak girl. I unfortunately do not have an area to keep them separated, although I did have my girls out for the first couple hours the new girls were here, so they were able,to start getting acquainted through the fence. I didn't plan on getting them bu my friend is not currently able to care for them.
     
  8. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, she looks like a mixed breed. :)
     
  9. Chickenkeepr

    Chickenkeepr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Darn. At least they should be brown egg layers, correct? Anyone have experience with a hen with half of a beak?
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Usually red earlobes indicates brown layers. The half beak looks like it was clipped as a chick. It's a common practice in commercial poultry farms to clip beaks. They keep the birds in such close quarters that it's the only way to prevent the birds from pecking each other to death from the overcrowding stress. They can usually eat and drink with no problems.
     

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