Coming out of lurkdom with a hello and a question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SHC in FL, May 21, 2012.

  1. SHC in FL

    SHC in FL Hatching

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    Hi everyone. I've been lurking at this site for the past couple of months -- lots of great info for a newbie chicken owner. We started our flock of seven hens (we hope) in late March.

    We have four reds from a TSC "red pullet" bin and three Australorps from another place. The reds are nine weeks old, and the 'Lorps are eight weeks. All seem to be doing fine.

    At first, I was under the impression that the reds were RIRs, but having looked up images online (including here), I'm now thinking they are either Red Stars or Golden Comets. There are pictures of both of those types that look just like my chickens. Here's a picture of some of my flock:
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    The one in the foreground is the most aggressive of the bunch -- not mean, just bold. She's actually pretty friendly -- she'll land on my chair and let me pet her. I'm really hoping she's a hen since we can't keep roosters here.

    Here's one of the 'Lorps:
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    Can anyone tell me the differences between Red Stars and Golden Comets, if any? Do these chickens look like pullets to you? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    They are both what is known as "production reds", from different hatcheries. Each hatchery has their own "recipe" of breeds to make their production brown egg layers.
     
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  4. SHC in FL

    SHC in FL Hatching

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    Thanks! I gather from that there's no appreciable difference in the two types, then: Each hatchery has its own brew. We'll see how they do when it comes to egg laying. I'm pleased with the personalities so far as all are pretty friendly toward humans and other birds.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    [​IMG] Stan says those are pullets.

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  8. SHC in FL

    SHC in FL Hatching

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    Well, he certainly looks like he'd know a pullet from a cockerel! Thanks, Stan!
     
  9. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Songster

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    Welcome fellow Floridian!

    Yes, your reds look just like mine. They were sold as gold sex links. I think mine are a week older than yours, but yours sound more friendly than mine. They do not like to be touched and only approach if I have food. :(
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     

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