Hello, new chicken owners from Oz. Girls or boys, what have we got?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PeterA, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. PeterA

    PeterA New Egg

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    Well we brought home some baby chicks from school. There are now much bigger and we want to find out how many hens we have and if we have any roosters.

    All up we have five chickens. See the pics.

    Peter
    Australia


    Chicken 1
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    Chicken 2
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    Chicken 3
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    Chicken 4
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    Chicken 5
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    1 and 2 are hens, 3-5 are roosters.

    wait---how old are they?
     
  3. BarredRocks3

    BarredRocks3 Out Of The Brooder

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    To me it looks like the first 4 are red sex links and the last one is a black sex link. If I am correct then you have two roosters, chicken number 3&4.
     
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  4. PeterA

    PeterA New Egg

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    28th of may the chickens hatched. So that's about 9 week old or so.
     
  5. PeterA

    PeterA New Egg

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    At how many weeks should they start dropping eggs?
     
  6. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Perth, WA. Where in Australia are you? Chickens 1-4 look like Isa browns or Hy-line browns, which are the commercial hybrids used for egg production in Australia. Sex-linked means that you can tell what sex they are from the time of hatching. They are produced like this so the males can be euthanased when they hatch (in the commercial hatcheries). Females are brown and males are white. The last chicken pictured is quite dark, it doesn't look like a commercial egg layer, I'm not sure about that one.
     
  7. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and the commercial layers are at point of lay at about 17 weeks old.
     
  8. PeterA

    PeterA New Egg

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    Wow that's cool, how they can do that brown and white female/male thing.
     
  9. BarredRocks3

    BarredRocks3 Out Of The Brooder

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    The hybrid combination for the red sex link is a male white rock and a Rhode Island Red hen so, males got the white rock look with a little bit of red and the females have white streaks but their mainly reddish.
     

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