Help me figure out genders for my flock!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cocoganger, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. cocoganger

    cocoganger Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello BYC world! Here are my five oldest chickens, and I'm pretty sure I've got genders figured out for most of them, but there are a couple that I'm really on the fence about. I'm hoping I can get some second opinions/confirmations from you guys. Thanks!

    Rhode Island Red- 9 weeks
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    Old English- 9 weeks
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    Buff Orpington- almost 8 weeks
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    Light Brahma- almost 8 weeks (poor thing's feathers are taking forever to grow out; also the coloring seems totally wrong for a Light Brahma... but that's what she/he was advertised as...)
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    And finally, Silkie- almost 8 weeks
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    Any thoughts would be appreciated!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    RIR - cockerel, and not a RIR
    OE - pullet
    BO - pullet
    LB - not LB (maybe dark brahma, cross, etc) - cockerel
    Silkie - IDK

    Were these from a hatchery or private source?
     
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  3. Branch Chickens

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  4. cocoganger

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    The three almost 8 weeks olds (BO, Brahma and silkie) were from My Pet Chicken and the two oldest are from the feed store in town. So, I'm totally aware that they're not show quality, but this is what they were all advertised as, either online or at the store, and I'm pretty sure the store just gets them from hatcheries as well...
     
  5. Branch Chickens

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    Looks like Ol Grey Mare and I had the same thoughts on these! [​IMG]
     
  6. cocoganger

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    Yeah, thank you for the super fast responses!
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I wasn't asking due to show quality - it's just that generally speaking I lean more towards possible mixes with private sourced birds than those from a hatchery (not saying oopses at the hatcher aren't possible, just that they are less likely than with birds that came from "the guy down the street" - vs. a reputable breeder). Hatchery stock can yield some "pure" but still "off" specimens.
     
  8. cocoganger

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    Oh, that makes sense. So, do you think these are totally different breeds, or just "off specimens" of the advertised breed?
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

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    Other than the light brahma (which I think is just a matter of getting a dark instead) and the RIR I think you got what was advertised. On the RIR you get from hatchery/feed-store sources are generally more of a production red, NH red etc than true RIR...often on the feed store side of things because people see a "red" chick/bird and assume it's a RIR because that is the one everyone knows.
     
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  10. Wyandottes7

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    First bird: Production Red cockerel
    Second bird: Pullet
    Third bird: Pullet
    Fourth bird: Cockerel
    Fifth bird: Silkies are hard to tell, but I'm leaning towards pullet for now. Post more photos of "it" in a couple of weeks.
     
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