Got myself some adult hens, no clue on the breeds.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RavenStorm, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I typically only have an interest in utility breeds, birds that would do well in eggs and/or meat in my climate and wouldn't give me too much trouble personality wise, so I am not very familiar with ornamental or rare-ish breeds at all. I picked up these girls from someone who couldn't keep them anymore last week, and I'd like to know what they are so I can better judge if they are healthy (weight wise, as most seem a little scrawny under their feathers). They are molting, which is compounding my ID problems. I could use some help. I'll put each group of pics in their own post to keep things clear.

    Chicken #1: Of what I know of the breed, she might be a cochin? She has a beautiful beetle-shine in greens and purples on the black feathers, and she's pretty large compared to the others.

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  2. awheel11

    awheel11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    group #1 looks to be standard black cochin to me, too! very pretty [​IMG]
     
  3. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken #2: I have no clue on this one. She is the only one laying eggs right now out of the bunch, and all the other hens eat them. The dominant hen also picks on her like crazy and I need to separate them because her butt is bald and puffy looking now. She's very loud when scared and has a shrill "voice".

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  4. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken #3: I'm thinking maybe another cochin, partaridge in color? She's also very heavy for her size and I've been calling her "teddy bear".

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  5. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken #4: The escape artist of the group, also very chatty and extremely light for a standard-sized bird. I'm hoping it's a Catalana, but I'll bet that it turns out to be something more mundane.

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  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    1. Black Cochin
    2. White Cochin
    3. Partridge Cochin

    Lay brown eggs, but are a VERY broody breed.

    ETA: What color legs does #4 have?
     
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  7. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last one, Chicken #5: I don't know, Langshan maybe? Very mean but protective towards the other girls. She breaks up fights and defends them from me, but she picks on all of them a little and the white one unceasingly. Looks a lot of the cochin in the first set of pics, even has a little of the same beetle shine but not as pretty, but this one is bigger and has clean legs.

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  8. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought I had gotten the legs in the pic, bad on me! They are clean legs and yellow.

    Thanks for the help awheel11 and greenfamilyfarms!
     
  9. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    #5 Kind of looks like my black Astralorps
     
  10. greenfamilyfarms

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    Quote:I thought I had gotten the legs in the pic, bad on me! They are clean legs and yellow.

    Thanks for the help awheel11 and greenfamilyfarms!

    4. Look like a New Hampshire Red or a Production Red.
    5. Black Australorp
     

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