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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by EIEIOchick, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. EIEIOchick

    EIEIOchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, as new chicken keepers we know pretty much nothing on identifying breeds and sex. We bought our first round of hens and our rooster as young adults. In late summer we let our broody hen sit on four eggs and she hatched three of them. We are pretty sure our rooster is a barnyard mutt. Here is a pic of our Rooster Cogburn. [​IMG]

    Here are pics of the three chicks just a few days old and currently at eight weeks.
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    As far as breeds go, we have a wide variety of hens and we really aren't sure whose eggs our hen sat on. I think the whiter chick might have come from our Delaware, the buff chick from one of our Buff Orphingtons, and the redder chick from our black sex link or perhaps one of our darker Easter Eggers. We really have no clue. Mostly, I'm interested in their sex. Any help, please?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Yes, that rooster is a mix. It’s possible he is a red sex link, but with that mess of colors and patterns I doubt it. He has the silver gene and probably a gold too. He could contribute either red or white.

    We really need better photos to be sure. I know they can be camera shy. A closer look at the head and a general body shot showing legs and posture would be helpful.

    My feel is that the whitish and darker red are both pullets. It’s hard to tell on the buff one. Could go either way but I’m leaning pullet there too looking at the tail. The legs look a little heavy though.
     
  3. EIEIOchick

    EIEIOchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, TY. I'll try to get better pictures this morning. Here's a better picture of our rooster. [​IMG]
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  4. EIEIOchick

    EIEIOchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe these are better. I never could get a good close up of the buff.
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  5. EIEIOchick

    EIEIOchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Both of my buff Orphingtons are big chickens with heavy legs, so I don't know. I'm really hoping they're all pullets because I'm afraid two roosters would fight. [​IMG]
     
  6. EIEIOchick

    EIEIOchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm thinking the whitish bird is a roo because the hackle feathers are so pointy as are the tail feathers. :-(
     
  7. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    The bird in picture 3 is definitely a roo. the others look like pullets to me especially the white and buff ones.
     
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  8. hammytammy

    hammytammy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    he might have that slw in him because of the yellow legs......any other yellow legs?
     
  9. EIEIOchick

    EIEIOchick Out Of The Brooder

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    @hammytammy The rooster and our Delaware have yellow legs. What is slw?
     
  10. hammytammy

    hammytammy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    silver laced wyandotte i forgot about your delaware, but either could be his mom then, i think.
     

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