Barred Rock cross...with what?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MontanaDolphin, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I bought some chicks 5 months ago that were "supposed" to be Barred Rocks. Long story short, Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio shipped the wrong chicks to Southern States where I got them. They are called "Commercial Blacks". When I called the hatchery, they told me they are Barred Rock crosses, but there are different breeds they could be crossed with so they couldn't tell me specifics. I've asked before if anyone knew what they could be crossed with, but the pics and the post were when the chicks were a few weeks old.

    Now that they've "grown up", I'm hoping someone here can tell me what they are crossed with. Lots of pics to help :)

    First, these two looked different than the other four...they had brown around their eyes as chicks. Here's pics of them as chicks, and then all grown up. The other four looked like regular old BR chicks. Since these two are the most obviously different, I'm posting their pics:

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  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    I'm not sure, you can never be too sure what a breed could be crossed with, sorry!
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Agree with Happy,

    You'll likely never know what goes into these various and sundry hatchery mixes, with any degree of certainty.
    Mt Healthy didn't/wouldn't even tell you.

    The hatchery quality Barred Rock is useful for making black sex links and/or head dot sexing of chicks. Unless someone who works at a particular hatchery actually told you what birds were used in these various crosses the customer doesn't ever know for certain. In many cases the parent stock themselves are a mix.

    Commercial blacks, Black sex links, etc get confused for Barred Rocks by feed store employees and customers alike. All folks see is blackish chicks in a bin.

    Look how many nifty names and mixes there are for hatchery Red Sex Links.
    How many Tints, Specs, and variations off the White Leghorn are sold? A bunch. [​IMG]
     
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  4. peppersow

    peppersow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they look nice, though.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sorry, you're never going to know. Pretty much all you can say is it was another straight combed breed. Really, doesn't matter if they lay well, right?
     
  6. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    A hatchery like that probably knows exactly what they are crossed with--especially if they are a "commercial" layer. However, the breeding is probably a proprietary strain and a trade secret.
     
  7. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm...so I'll never know then, huh? Crap.

    Well, let me ask ya'll this: What if I gave a list of the chickens they do carry? Would that help?

    Aroucana/Ameraucana
    Black Giant
    Black Sex Link (RIR male/BR female cross)
    Buff Orpington
    Cornish Rock Cross (Cornish male/White Rock female cross)
    Hubbard Golden Comet
    Light Brahma
    Buff Brahma
    Dark Brahma
    Golden Laced Wyandotte
    Silver Laced Wyandotte
    New Hampshire
    Partridge Rock
    Rhode Island Red
    Brown Leghorn
    Babcock White Leghorn
    Production Red (NH/RIR cross)
    DeKalb Amberlink
    Columbian Rock Cross (RIR female/Columbian male cross)
    Red Cross (RIR male/Columbian female cross)
    Tetra Tint (RIR male/White Leghorn female cross)
    Dixie Rainbow
     
  8. peppersow

    peppersow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure, and I'm not good at breed guessing, but maybe RIR? I don't know.
     
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  9. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow thats tricky ! One clue I like to know is their front chest color is very light, hmmmm? Im scratching my head ! They look almost full breed ! Could be that other breed is 1/4th of something? Anyway I like them all very nice birds..
     
  10. peppersow

    peppersow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thebanthams might be right. Its likely there a couple of different breeds mixed.
     

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