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Chick identification help, Rainbow or Barred Rock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Doubleuck, May 27, 2017.

  1. Doubleuck

    Doubleuck Just Hatched

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    I purchased Bellatrix from the local Farm & Garden store. As I browsed through the redneck rig they had set up to contain chicks, I found her. She was in a cage with a label on it that had been scratched out. I didn't pay much attention to it as it had been crossed through, but it listed some chicken breed I didn't know. Another label was beside it and said "Rainbow Pullets".

    Mind here, I don't know anything about chicks. She is my first, and I've been following along with all the guidelines and she's doing well.

    I picked her out and put her in her temporary jail cell and went to the counter to pay. I asked the sales clerk what breed she was, if indeed she was the Rainbow as it was secondly labeled. He checked which cage I got them from and told me they were Rainbow females, about three days old.

    Now mind you here, the cashier didn't appear to know that much more than I did.

    With that I paid my money and brought her home.

    She's about four weeks now, and I started researching her. I couldn't find much information of Rainbow Chickens, but came across a couple of pictures that looked like her. They were Barred Rocks.

    Hmm... maybe that's what the other label said?

    So my question comes to, what breed do you think my chicken is? I have no idea what a Rainbow is supposed to look like since they're just jumbled crosses from what I get.

    Researching the Barred Rocks I found that she might be a pullet. She has darker legs, and a black forehead (not the lighter they sometimes describe). She's got all the white stuff on her head that signifies gender too but I can't tell with that.

    So, what breed, and any gender ideas?

    She (he) is very friendly, active, and outgoing. I don't care what she is, I would just love to know more (and hear any tips or tricks from anyone!)

    I put two of her baby pictures in there.
     

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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest posting your question on this forum -
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this

    Chickens are social animals, and thrive in their own company. I'd suggest getting another chicken to keep it company.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best

    CT
     
  3. Doubleuck

    Doubleuck Just Hatched

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    The girl I rent my house with has chicks herself, that's what convinced me to get one. :) So she has friends!
     
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  4. Doubleuck

    Doubleuck Just Hatched

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    Also, thank you for your kindness and suggestions :) I'm excited to be a new member of BYC!
     
  5. Hamiam

    Hamiam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say Barred Rock, my favorite! Glad she or he has friends.
     
  6. Doubleuck

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    For whatever reason her favorite friend is Philip, he's about 6-7 weeks old. They spend time together in the pen when I bring them out for some outside time.
     
  7. Doubleuck

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    He's quite a bit bigger, but she's definitely the boss!

    So next question, do you think boy or girl?
     

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  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Not too easy to tell, since a side shot is best. For such a young bird, there seems to be a lot of comb development, so I'd go for cockerel, pending better pics.
     
  9. Hamiam

    Hamiam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not near as good as others on this site at sexing chicks. Make sure to go to the "what breed or gender is this page". But I'm thinking its a cockerel.
     
  10. Doubleuck

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    I have these from earlier today. I can get more tomorrow.

    Sorry for the shameless selfie, I didn't plan on posting that picture, but it seemed a good one to show parts of him/her.
     

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