Breed guesses? I have searched the internet...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pbjmaker, May 9, 2008.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I hatched 4 chicks in my preschool last Wednesday 4-30-08 and having trouble identifying the breeds of three of them. A friends daughter who is studying "chickenology" in college sexed them for me but even she was unsure of their breeds. We are pretty sure the red one is a RIR (hen). The white one is the smallest and has a narrow head and body compared to the others. He is the "ugly duckling " of the bunch but has the spunkiest personality. He was born with patchy feathers but he also seems to be feathering out the quickest. He came from a white egg. His new feathers are kind of a buff color but he has some that are black and a black spot on his fanny. The gray one is a hen and came from a brown egg. She is the largest and reminds me of an ostrich the way she likes to poke her head up. The last one is male and came from a light brown egg. He is a beautiful dark mink brown with red undertones. He has a very compact body and seems to be slower at maturing than the others. He is yellowed skinned if that helps. BTW the white one goes by the name of Cooper Jr. I've grown very attached to these little ones and would be interested in anyones opinion! Thanks for your time!

    A new Chicken Mama!
  2. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    I'm also a new chicken mom so am not hazarding a guess on the breed -- but they are certainly cute [​IMG]
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Maybe the white one that came from a white egg is a leghorn?
  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Thats one of the first breeds I looked into - but it seemed that they had yellow "fluffy" chicks and this one was pure white with one small black "speck" and he was never very "fluffy". In fact after he dried out from hatching it looked like he had been through a bout of chemo with all the thin patches in his feathers. He is also shorter necked than the others. I put up the photos of the grey one and the white one together on my bed so you could kind of see the size difference. I was looking at California whites also - that seemed to be the most promising breed for him.
  5. petlove

    petlove Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    It's fun guessing until they get old enough. [​IMG]
  6. ezbird

    ezbird Songster

    Mar 15, 2008
    Cute chicks, you'll have a nice variety. [​IMG]
  7. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pic 1 ??
    Pic 2 Buff Orpington
    Pic 3 & 4 EE
    Pic 5 Rhode Island Red
    Pic 6 is that yellow chick bigger than the rest ?
  8. 2dream

    2dream Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jackson MS
    Any possiblitly that the chemo chick could be a cornish bantum? It looks just like my new cornish bantums. And after 2 weeks they still look funny with all the skin showing through.
  9. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I looked up a picture of them just now on the internet - and the cornish bantam has potential. We got the eggs from a feed store as a "variety pack", but he did tell me that they all came from "professional hatcheries' this year. So to me that would imply that they shouldn't be "mutts". His egg was a little smaller than the other ones that hatched but I had two eggs that were even smaller that didn't make it.
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Im curious: why does it matter?

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