Barred Rock with spurs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by FrazzledMomOf3, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. FrazzledMomOf3

    FrazzledMomOf3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I'm a newbie on the chicken raising thing. We got, as chicks, 8 chickens. Four are barred rocks and four are partridge rocks. It turned out that three of the four partridge rocks are roosters. We're planning on culling these in the not too distant future.

    Of the four we got of each, the barred rocks were all born on or around the first of march. At least two of them are laying now. The partridge rocks are about 3 weeks younger.

    Last weekend, I got from my cousin three more chickens that were supposed to be hens. Two barred rocks and one americauna (spell??).

    I probably broke the rules, but I just put the three of them in the coop and shut the door (we got home with them pretty late at night). A few nips and wing flaps later, and one of the new barred rocks is now the queen of the coop, even over the other roosters. The new ones are not as friendly as our originals, but I put that down to them not being used to our set up or me.

    Until this morning when i saw SPURS!!!! on one foot of one of the new ones. I'm freaking myself out that we have another rooster to deal with!! It's about the same size as my other hens, but smaller than my roosters (which should be younger than it). The feather pattern doesn't seem to be rooster-ish, either. No long feathers on the tail, nor the fluffly ones underneath.

    I've attached pictures of her (?????) and one of my partridge rock roosters for comparison.

    The other differences I've noticed is that her legs are .... scalier and whiter (my originals have a lot of yellow in the skin on their legs) and her feathers are just... messier and the white parts don't look quite as white.

    Thoughts? thanks in advance...
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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Edited: It looks like the BR could be an older hen. She's got the coloring of a male, but not the saddle/hackle feathers. White-ish legs also indicate older hen. Could she have had leg mites with the flakiness of her legs?

    Also, I have hens that have spurs, so it's not just boys that get them.
     
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  3. FrazzledMomOf3

    FrazzledMomOf3 Out Of The Brooder

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    dang!!!!!![​IMG]

    Thanks, though
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I looked closer and changed my post. The color made me think boy, but there's no saddle feathers showing.
     
  5. FrazzledMomOf3

    FrazzledMomOf3 Out Of The Brooder

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    You know, I don't know. My cousin got them from my other cousin who got them from someone else.

    I'm just hoping it's not another rooster because I've already got to deal with at least two of the three we've already got.

    I see you have an americauna... in general what is their personality like? I'm so used to my barred rock girls being so friendly... one of them will come up and lecture me boc boc boc and follow me around, tried to roost on my head yesterday.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I have 4 pure Ameraucana's (not EE's, although I do have an EE also) and 3 of them are extremely friendly. The other one is a scaredy chicken. My EE is also very friendly. She flies up onto my arm for treats.
     
  7. FrazzledMomOf3

    FrazzledMomOf3 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes, what I have is an easter egger, she's one of the new ones so I figure that's why she's so shy. Even my partridge rock hen is shy compared to the BR's. But she's starting to get friendlier.

    I'm going to cross my fingers that this new chicken is just an OLDER hen. I'll have to get a better look at those legs though, hope I didn't introduce a bunch of mites to my setup.
     
  8. FrazzledMomOf3

    FrazzledMomOf3 Out Of The Brooder

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    here's the other BR we got, look at how messy her feathers are. I kind of wondered if she was cross bred with something else.

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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They are both hens-may not be pure barred rocks. It sure looks like they have scaley leg mites. If so, your entire flock has been exposed. You may regret not quarantining.
     
  10. damarisgw

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    Maybe they're molting ?
    I know at least 10 of mine are theres a mess of feathers everywhere
     

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