chick breeding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by y632405, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. y632405

    y632405 New Egg

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    Hi all! I'm new to this site and I how this is the right spot to post my question. I apologize in advance if it is not.
    Anyhow I am hatching my own eggs via an incubator and when my chicks hatch I have no clue what breed they are.
    I have 4 roasters Ameraucana bantam, Rhode Island Red, Cuckoo Maran, and a Welsummer. At this moment my cuckoo is separated cause he is aggressive buy I know I hatched some babies out from him with my RIR cause of the barred apearence.
    So with that said there are only 3 roosters to fertilize my lovely flock of girls. I have RIR, welsummers, buff orphington, white leghorn, and a black hen (I do not know her breed).
    Is there a way to tell what breed they are when they hatch?
    I'm so lost and don't want to pin them up just so I know the breed. I know I just might have to but is there another way?
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Most of the chicks will be mixed breeds, with a slight chance of a pure RIR or Welsummer.
     
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  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I’m not exactly sure I understand what the concern or even what the real question is. You seem to be in anguish. Why? What is the problem? Do you think there is something wrong with cross-breeds? Do you just want to know which is the mother and father? Is there some reason you want purebreds?

    Breeds are a manmade thing. The chickens themselves just don’t care. Any rooster will breed any hen if given a chance regardless of breed. Many of us have cross breed flocks. It just depends on what you want.

    I don’t know what color/pattern your Ameraucana bantam is, but if he is a true Ameraucana his offspring will have a funny looking comb, different from all the others. Since it is only half a pea comb it won’t look like a true pea comb but will certainly look different.

    With those three roosters and those hens, I can’t tell you much else. The White Leghorn messes that up a bit. There is no telling what colors might be hiding under that white. With any of those roosters you might get white, black, or about any other color or pattern with her, though either white or black is the most likely. I can’t even say for sure that any black chicks come from your black hen since your Cuckoo Marans is out of the picture. Not knowing what your Ameraucana looks like doesn’t help.

    If you can tell us what is bothering you we might be able to help. And welcome to the forum.
     
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  4. y632405

    y632405 New Egg

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    I have 2 friends who want to buy some chicks and want to know what they are. I said they are a mix. So I just didn't know of there was a way to tell who the momma and daddy are.
     
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Hi and Welcome! Chicken breeding is all about genetics and possible genetic combinations and it's really complicated (at least to me) so to answer your questions I would have to know the genetic make up of your birds and the possibilities that could come from each different combinations and I can't do that. But I did want to say hello and give you a welcome :). Hopefully you will keep coming back. maybe there is someone out there that breeds and is familiar and can give you a answer. if you posted some pictures of the chicks I'm sure someone can help you guess.
     
  6. Eps32

    Eps32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Roo that aggressive I wouldn't hatch anymore of his ken. His aggression can be passed down to the baby's. Sadly best to just cull him.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks for your response. At least now I know I cannot help you other than that Ameraucana bantam. You will see a comb difference in his offspring and the pullets should lay a blue or green egg. If I remember right there are eight different approved colors/patterns for the Ameraucana and three different color/patterns for Welsummers. I don’t know which of these you have. Your black hen will produce black chicks with any of those roosters, thought the Cuckoo Marans’ chicks will all be barred.

    The White Leghorn is most likely to produce either white or black chicks but with those roosters other colors or patterns could show up, including barred. White can cover about anything and some people breed barred into white breeds to make the feathers whiter. I can’t even tell you for sure that your black chicks are all from your black hen or that all your barred chicks are from the Cuckoo Marans. White adds that much confusion.

    To top it off you have both RIR and Welsummer hens and roosters. Either of those could contribute RIR or Welsummer genetics so even if you could identify those genetics in the chicks you would not know if they came from the mother or the father.

    You just have such a genetic mix I cannot tell you anything for sure, except for that Ameraucana and the pea comb.

    Sorry.
     
  8. JacksFarmNGardn

    JacksFarmNGardn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just let whoever is buying the chicks know your roosters and hens. Its up to them if they want to buy mixes. I hatched out buff orp/light brahma mixes. They will be egg layers,so it doesn't matter to me if they're purebred or not. Your friend probably thinks that too.
     
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  9. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I agree. genetic combinations are so complicated I would just let your friend see the chicks and let her pick what she thinks is cute. if she's worried about breed I'd suggest to her going to a specific breeder. just tell her like we say with puppies that they are super cute "mutts" :) we always said "mutt" when we were not sure of a breed. They will be fine birds even though you can't be breed specific. your friend shouldn't mind.
     
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