Greenlayers, but which breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by KipKat, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. KipKat

    KipKat Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I got some green eggs in Germany. They came out of the fridge and they were in the car for 700 km, we brought the eggs to a breeding machine and after 21 days they were born. All six eggs! All the stories about eggs from the fridge are ********!
    The chicks look different, 3 of them are black with a white dot on their head and the other 3 are a bit blue-grey. Can anyone tell me if they are a special race or just a mixture of different.

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  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    I would have to guess the the ones with the white head spots will be barred and probably male. I would also guess mixed breed kinda like the USA's easter eggers are mixed breeds that lay blue or green eggs. Do you know what the parent birds looked like?? As for fridge eggs, there's threads on here where people have bought and hatched store bought eggs. You'll have to keep us updated on them as they grow.
     
  3. KipKat

    KipKat Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, thank you for your reply, I have pictures of the parents.

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    The left one of the last picture is the mother of the rooster and she lays green eggs, so she can be the mother together with the chicken on the 2nd picture. The light grey chicks look like blue laced Australorp chicks as I saw on the internet. And the chicken in the 2nd picture can probably be kind of a Australorp
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    Well the chicks are definitely mixed breeds. And I'm pretty sure the ones with spots on the heads are boys.
     
  5. KipKat

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    The man who has the breeding machine wants to know how you can see the difference between males and females in the first days. Do you know that? He has chickens since more than 40 years, there come thousands of chickens from the machine but nobody could tell him how he could see the difference.

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    Will this totally black one be a barred female then?
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    You can't tell with all colors of chicks, but barred chicks can be sexed early. The ones with big messy white head spots and light legs tend to be male. Those with small, defined head spots and dark legs tend to be female. I personally can't see the head spots on your chicks well enough to tell the sex on them.

    You also have to take into account that these are mixed birds, so they may not follow the rules.
     
  7. KipKat

    KipKat Out Of The Brooder

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    So this one will probably be male?

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    This one is also from the eggs, it is the oldest one. Can you see if it is male/female because of the feathers?
     
  8. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    I was going on the fact that the dad was barred and the moms are not, kinda like sex links. But I could be worng on that as I do mix it up some times.
     
  9. KipKat

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    Does it actually make sense that there is possibly inbreeding? The rooster is the son of one of the greenlayers, so probably she is mother and grandmother at the same time!
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The chicks could only be Australorps if the parents are australorps, and they aren't. Chicks are mixed breeds, and not sex linked. Sorry Ramirez, you're backward on the sex link thing [​IMG] A barred rooster will have all barred offspring. In one of the pics you can see the grey chick has a white headspot, they're just harder to see on a chick that isn't black. I'm not sure the headspot size and clarity will work either, that's based on pure barred birds and the male chicks having 2 copies of the barring gene, which these chicks won't. I think you'll just have to wait until the 6-8 week mark and go by comb size.

    Okay, looking back at the pic, here's another wrench--the rooster isn't pure barred. So, not all his offspring will be barred, it'll be a 50/50 thing. Not that that matters for sexing at all, just throwing it out there.
     

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