Curiosity Plus!! I am a newbie to the chicken world.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cluckers73, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. cluckers73

    cluckers73 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    Hoping for some brain storming here, my 4.5 year old son talked me into getting some chicks from school, we had 3 lost 2, bought 2 more which are laying hens breed we are unsure of the breed, I have attached photos (Sorry in advance if not clear, they were taken with my Ipod), my curiosity lies with our little Blackie... not knowing the sex or breed of chicken. The hens were 4 weeks old on the 11 Sept, Blackie from guess work with hatching at preschool I would say would be around the 3 week mark.
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    I have been sitting back waiting to see what colour the comb will be, Blackie has started to get brown plumage one wing feathers, so hoping that Blackie will not be a boy, quite a character this little one. Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The brown chicks look to me like female red sex links, also known as red stars. Blackie is most likely a black sex link. Sex links are hybrids which are bred to be sexed immediately after hatching, so the pullets and cockerels can be separated and the pullets used in laying farms. I have four of them myself. Take a look at my album for some sexlink pics! Good luck!! [​IMG]
     
  3. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The black one like an Australorp to me.
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    blackie could be a few different breeds or a mix and is also to young to tell gender on yet. Wait a few more weeks and re-post with new pictures
     
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  6. cluckers73

    cluckers73 Out Of The Brooder

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    How many weeks old are hens when they start to lay eggs.
     
  7. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    They start laying anywhere from 5-6 months, looks like a red sexlink or Hampshire red and black australorp to me
    Welcome and enjoy!
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  8. cluckers73

    cluckers73 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Steve
     
  9. cluckers73

    cluckers73 Out Of The Brooder

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    A few weeks have past now... We were told that our black one had a girls face about it and that it was an Australorp cross RIR... And the other girls were Lohman Browns. My mum is not convinced that Blackie is a girl, last to mornings has been the most vocal, I wouldn't say crowing but more of a drawn out cluck...also looks now taller then the other 2.[​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG]

    Mum is concerned that with the wattles as pronounced that we are looking at a Roo. Is this the case? BL are 10 wks and well Blackie should be 9 wks.
     
  10. cluckers73

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