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Feedstore Said They Were Female Brown Leghorns...Wish They Were Right

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hen-thusiast, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    A couple of months ago I rescued seven chicks, from the local feed store, that were labeled as sexed female brown leghorn chicks.

    They had horrid pasty butt (well over an inch thick) and their toes were warped from the flooring they were on. I didn't think they would make it home and it took weeks for me to nurse them back to health. With lots and lots of butt cleaning, high quality food and electrolytes. Most of them lost partial toes and they had developed a nasty habit of eating their own feces (which thankfully they outgrew).

    Anyway, five of the seven chicks are boys. In addition, they are obviously not brown leghorns. We have a runty golden campine hen (she's around 2.5 pounds). They look identical to her only they are a fraction of her size. I'd guess their age now to be around ten weeks and they can't weigh more than a pound. I don't see them even coming close to the size of our runty hen, much less 5 pounds.

    The males and the females look identical (with of course males having combs already flopping over). White earlobes and gray legs. Same exact disposition to a campine - flighty, active and alert. I tried to get pictures today, but the camera died and I don't have backup batteries.

    I guess my question is can they be anything other than a bantam golden campine? Any insight is appreciated. [​IMG]

    Here they are as babies:

    Here they are about four to five weeks ago:

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They look like golden campines.
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    They kind of look like the brown leghorn, but yes, look more like the bantam campines..and especially if they are going to stay as small as you say they are. It's sure nice of you to take in these little ones..they will probably make very sweet birds with all of the handling you have done with them. They will love you! [​IMG] Flighty, but will love you.
  4. budda

    budda Chirping

    May 2, 2011
    Atlanta GA
    They look kinda like my EE's. Only I have hens and those there are definitely roosters!!
  5. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    It looks like everyone is in agreement. I just talked to the feedstore and they said that the hatchery where they get their chicks from sells bantam golden campines. Their crows are so cute, I've never heard a bantam crow before.

    Quote:Thank you for your kind words and I wish you were right. We already have a campine and are familiar with the flighty tendencies of the breed. These bantams swung the other way, from all the handling and butt cleaning they are absolutely, positively petrified of me. They would rather fly full speed into things or risk their lives than have me handle them. We can only handle them when it is dark, which is very unusual for us (most of our birds are too friendly and verge on being pests).
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    10 weeks is only half their growing time, they've a lot of growing up to do. We had two runty Orpingtons this spring and at 14 weeks they are barely starting to get any size though still runty compared to sisters.


    Breed could be Campine or Jærhøne. If Jaerhone then all females as males look different.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  7. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Quote:Oh wow - Jærhøne is a beautiful breed. I had never heard of them before.

    These males look identical to the females with the exception of the comb. Even if the cockerels doubled in size, they will be lucky to hit two pounds, which of course, is well below the 5-6 pounds typical of the breed standard. I handled one of the pullets the other day and she is well under a pound.

  8. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Quote:Just looked the Jaerhones' up...looks like they lay white eggs? They are pretty small, but not a bantam? Or are they a bantam? Didn't read up, just looked at pics. [​IMG]
  9. BrownSheep

    BrownSheep Chirping

    May 27, 2011
    My feed store told me they had no idea what my chicks were, and low and behold they turned out to be golden campines like yours

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