Help me ID Ideals free packing peanuts.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Buckhowdy, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chirping

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    I got 11 extra birds with my small order of straight run Barred Rocks from Ideal. I like Ideal. Any help identifying these birds would be appreciated.

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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    The red birds are likely Production Reds (hatchery quality Rhode Island Reds). They could also be Red Sex-Links.

    I'm not completely sure what the other birds are.
     
  3. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chirping

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    7 of the 11 extra males were yellow like the first photo. I'm guessing the blackish gray and white birds might be male Barred Rocks. I was hoping that the yellow ones were buff somethings but they're beginning to show some darker colors in their wings.
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Barred rocks of either gender will have a white spot on the top of the head, that's an easy way to ID them.
     
  5. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chirping

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    Thanks, All the black ones all have a white spot on the top of their head. The yellow ones are starting to remind me of the "Cherry Eggers" (RIR strain) that I got from Cackle Hatchery. I may try to sell the extra cockerels as their gender becomes more apparent. Are the male barred rocks lighter colored than the females?
     
  6. DanEP

    DanEP Songster

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    Yes the barred rock cockerels are more of a light grey color and the pullets are a darker color closer to black.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    The red chicks are probably Production Reds or possibly female Red Sex-links. The black/white chicks are most likely Barred Rocks.
     
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    Don't hold your breath for any of those extras to be pullets. It can happen, but its not the norm. The last time I ordered from Ideal, I got somewhere around 15 packing peanuts with my order. Every single one of them ended up being a production Red cockerel. We process our extra boys, so I still considered it a win though!
     

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