can you id these "pullets"?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nstaib, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. nstaib

    nstaib Out Of The Brooder

    i got these at a chicken auction this past weekend. the seller had id'ed them as all pullets, but there were 3 cockerels in the box w/them. i have NO idea what age/breed they are, or even if they are indeed all pullets. these are my first set of purchased birds (my last was a foundling meat bird), so i'm not sure if they're mixes, which i suspect, or if they're some particular breed. gloria seems to have very thick legs and very colorful plumage for a pullet, and is much larger than the others, which could just be a difference in hatch date/breed(s). they are about 3- 31/2 mo. old. amelia is smaller and less flashy, has almost no comb/wattles to speak of, but the skin is VERY bright. frieda is the only one w/white legs, and has a few scattered feathers on them. again, no wattles/comb, but very red faced, with orange eyes. last is pearle, in all black. s/he's a very small bird with black skin everywhere i can see, and no visible comb/wattles. with the exception of gloria, they all seem more or less rumpless.
    there are a few pictures that show gloria at weird angles just to catch the colors off of the feathers. the comparison shot of gloria (l) and amelia (r) came out in such a weird way that it looks like gloria is bigger than a jersey giant. i'm guessing than none of them weigh more than about 4 lbs.
    any help that anyone can give me would be fabulous. i've been trying to find them on the web, and just can't seem to find anything close. i'm not really too concerned with whether or not i have a rooster, we live in a place that doesn't have any kind of ordinances against them. i'm really just hoping that i WILL be getting eggs...
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    gloria's face
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    from behind
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    showing off feet and tail
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    gloria's side shot for colors
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    gloria (l) for color amelia (r) for color
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    gloria (l) for color
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    amelia (r) for color
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    amelia up close
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    amelia
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    amelia upright, showing off the WHITE toenails
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    frieda and her "feathered" legs
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    frieda from the front
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    up close of frieda's face and orange eyes
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    pearle in sun to get color
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    pearls from the side
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    pearle from behind according to the wire used in the coop, pearle is about 8'' tall...
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    group shot taken monday for size comparison
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    I think the first one is a roo. They look like they have game in them.
     
  3. nstaib

    nstaib Out Of The Brooder

    thanks, not what i wanted to hear, but i did think so, too. just too...too to be a girl. [​IMG] i guess i'll have chicks...
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. nstaib

    nstaib Out Of The Brooder

    can i get more info on what "game" means? i know some birds are classified as game birds. does that mean they won't lay?
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Having a rooster doesn't mean you have to incubate eggs and have chicks if you don't want. You can choose to have chicks hatch, or not, as you wish. Although, game hens are known for being great mothers and you might need to keep an eye on them to be sure no one hides a nest and goes broody if you don't want!

    I'm not a game bird person, but they're a breed of chicken and lay just fine. They're the birds that were often bred for cock fighting and there are multiple colors/strains/types of game birds. They're known for being very scrappy, good at free ranging, great mothers, decent layers, more of what I think of as a primitive chicken than a lot of the production breeds.
     
  7. nstaib

    nstaib Out Of The Brooder

    thanks! that would explain why they seem so flighty. i was hoping they were just very young and not used to people. i was asked why i didn't get a roo. looks like i did, after all! it's nice to know that they'll be decent layers, but i was so hoping they were a black sex link. i guess i should have stuck with the breeds i can identify. thanks to everyone!
     

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