Are these two different breeds?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Lhillstad, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Lhillstad

    Lhillstad Out Of The Brooder

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    Purchased these babes from the feed store in August. The store clerk didn't know what type they were, I thought they were EE's. But now they are 25 weeks old, ready to start laying, and I'm almost positive they are not EE's. There are 8 pullets, 6 of them are one kind (picture below) and 2 are black (picture below). I think the red ones are RIR (not sure), but I've no clue what the 2 black ones are. The black pullets have white legs are seem to be maturing slower than the red pullets who have a more yellow leg. The middle picture shows the difference in the feather design. Any help would be appreciated. ~ Laura


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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nope, no easter eggers there!
    Your dark birds look to be dark cornish.
    The brown hens, I'm not sure. I'm thinking something like a partridge rock, although they look quite light bodied, or a Welsummer. Not a Red bird, though, they're a more solid red over the body.
     
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    the black is a dark cornish the middle looks like a welsummer
     
  4. Lhillstad

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    Well, that surprises me....thanks a lot! [​IMG] ~ Laura
     
  5. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first is dark cornish, others are welsummers
     
  6. Lhillstad

    Lhillstad Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure what to do with the black Cornish....are they mainly for meat....not finding a lot of info on them other than that.
     
  7. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    they'll lay eggs as well, just not like a leghorn
     
  8. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they came from a hatchery, they should lay good, they are in the egg (hatching) business afterall.
     
  9. donrae

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    Be sure you're looking at dark cornish, not cornish cross. The cornish cross are terminal bred meat birds. Dark cornish are great birds from what I hear. They're good layers, not on a par with a leghorn or sex link, but good enough. And I hear they make great mothers, if you're so inclined to raise chicks. If you don't want to, you might want to look into rehoming them to someone who wants good broodies.
     
  10. hdowden

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    the so called dark cornish if you enlarge the pic looks to have a beard which would make it an ee the other are either welsummers or brown leghorns
     

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