Gamefowl and Rhode Island Reds? HELP

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sergiovl28, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. sergiovl28

    sergiovl28 New Egg

    Nov 25, 2014

    Hello everyone, I hope someone here could help me out. I received 4 gamefowl (3 hens, one rooster) from a relative. Just wondering, first if they are in fact gamefowl and second what kind they are. I am particularly interested in knowing this information for the one pictured again on its own at the very bottom (4th picture). This relative of mine is Mexican and received these chickens from Mexican friends again. Does anyone know if these chickens originate from U.S. American varieties or Mexican varieties? I have absolutely no desire to participate or breed these for fighting purposes but rather just to eat their eggs and keep them as pets. I am aware of the fact that these give less eggs, but how much less if they have a rooster fertilizing them? Is it complarable to their wild jungefowl ancestors since these were primarily bred for fighting and not for egg laying?

    The second and third pictures of 6 hens total I purchased from a lady who did not seem entirely sure as to the breeds. She claimed three were Rhode Island Red and the others were of another breed (sorry completely forgot what that other one was). They are NOT split by breed, the top 3 and bottom 3 just randomly happened to be together at the time I took the picture.

    Thanks so much ahead of time to anyone who decides to respond. Please any information would be greatly appreciated (even if you only have answers to some, but not all, of my questions)
  2. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    The birds sold to you as Rhode Island Red look like New Hampshire.

    ETA: all 6 look like New Hampshire. The right-most birds in both images look like hatchery stock, the other four look more like my German New Hampshire.

    I can't tell you anything about the gamefowl, besides two of the hens maybe look Wheaten colored.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    To me, the gamefowl look just like mixes (no particular breed stands out). I think that your Rhode Island Reds are either Production Reds or New Hampshires.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    There are some gamefowl threads, you might post there and see if you can get specifics on your birds. After "that's a game bird"....I got nothing [​IMG]. There are too many types and strains for me to keep track of.

    Your game hens should be decent enough layers, and great mommas if you choose to raise your own chicks.

    Agree your red hens look like New Hampshires.
  7. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    X2. I have some ''mutt'' games and they are good layers and fantastic mamas.
  8. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I agree with the others above.

    Whilst I know nothing about game fowl, I do have 6 Rhode Island Reds and they look nothing like your girls. Rhodies are usually a deep mahogany colour, tending towards black at the tails. Your girls look like what we here in Australia would call 'production reds.'

    On the plus side they should still be excellent layers for you.

    - Krista

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