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Bantam or Brown Leghorn?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Brynne, May 22, 2016.

  1. Brynne

    Brynne New Egg

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    Hi all, I just made this account! I have 2 chickens, one is definitely a white leghorn roo, and the other is supposedly a bantam hen. I say supposedly because I got these 2 for free from a woman who was doing a fun school project with her kids while the chickens were still eggs and young chicks. She had asked the teacher who gave her the eggs what kind of chickens they are and that's what he/she told her - though I'm not (trying to) question their knowledge, I always like double checking. [​IMG]

    I googled both kinds of hens and I'm torn; the Dutch bantam and the brown leghorn hens have similar coloring. I know bantams are generally smaller than the leghorns, but mine is still growing (they're both around 14-15 weeks old, I think)! Anyway, I wanted to post a picture and see what you all think! [​IMG] Thanks in advance! The roo's name is Pollo and the hen's name is Nugget - my mom wanted to name them and she thinks it was funny - no we, aren't planning on eating them! [​IMG]
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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I think you have a Brown Leghorn.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's a brown Leghorn hen. She looks to still be a ways out from laying, but once she hits her stride she'll flood you with large white eggs.

    And she's definitely a she. When she's reaching point of lay, that comb will sprout up to a big ol' thing and turn bright red. That freaks a lot of folks out as to gender, but it's just a sign she's reaching sexual maturity and ready to lay eggs.
     
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  4. Brynne

    Brynne New Egg

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    Awesome, thank you! I'm glad that I will be expecting larger, more frequent eggs now! Was wondering though, are fertilized eggs vs non-fertilized eggs different/ should be handled differently/ eaten sooner if I just want to use them as food?
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Fertile eggs are just fine to eat. Embryonic development doesn't start until the egg has been at a consistent temp of 100 degrees for about 3 days. So, just collect your eggs every day and you'll be fine, even in high summer. I store my eggs on the counter in my un-air conditioned kitchen and we never have nasty surprises.
     
  6. littlegreywolf

    littlegreywolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Full grown Bantams are about half the size your chickens are right now. Lol. I agree, Brown Leghorn. :)
     

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