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Guesses on what types of chicks these may be?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PrettyPaws29, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. PrettyPaws29

    PrettyPaws29 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! These chicks are about a week old. (Well, we got them a week ago as day old's I should say.) Any guesses as to what kind they might be? I've tried to figure it out on my own with no luck. They are very sweet, already love people (and the family dog), they seem to have very good temperaments already, and very healthy - so far anyway. This isn't our first go at chickens, but we haven't had any for a while - I used to get our chicks from a hatchery but over the years they went out of business, theses chicks came from a local feed & seed store and the people working there really couldn't tell us much about them.
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The manager of the store would know what breeds he ordered.
    Looks like you either have a couple large fowl and several bantams or if the small ones are large fowl, the two big ones could be Cornish/Rocks.
    The little ones could be EEs, welsummers or some other chipmunk breed.
     
  3. PrettyPaws29

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    The day I got them, the manager said she knew the breeds she ordered, but she didn't know what they were. (Seriously, her words "I mean, I know what I ordered, but I wasn't here to take them in when they arrived and I don't know chickens. I can't tell you which one is what. Maybe if you could take them to a hatchery to ask?" (INFURIATING)

    Anyway, the list that she gave me of the chicks they ordered were Brown Leghorns, Welsummers, Speckled Sussex, Cornish Cross, and [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.870588)]Orpingtons. (It was the Friday before Easter, they had gotten a ton of them in) In other words, a whole lot where anyone could be any of the choices. Do you know any way to tell the chipmunk breeds apart?[/COLOR]

    [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.870588)]I've got a feeling I'm just going to have to let these get some age on them before I can pin point it for sure lol. [/COLOR]
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    From that list, the chipmunk ones are likely either Welsummers or Sussex.
    I haven't had Sussex but people I know that have had them love them. I really like Welsummers. Mine laid extremely dark eggs. The only problem is that Welsummers are the only birds I've ever lost to excessive heat. We had a year that hovered near 110 for days and never got below the 80s at night. Make sure they have lots of shade and footbaths in summer.

    These pages have chick pictures toward the bottom.
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sussex/BRKSussex.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Wels/BRKWelsummers.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Orps/BRKOrps.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Leghorns/BRKLeghorns.html

    I think the big ones are Cornish Cross. Were you planning on some for meat? In reality, that's all they're good for. They can be butchered at 3 1/2 weeks as Cornish game hens. From 6-8 weeks for broilers.
     

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