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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by TanyaN, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. TanyaN

    TanyaN New Egg

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    Hi everyone

    So I've finally got myself some backyard hens, since having to move from my farm..... thought I'd done an ok job of picking young pullets.... till there was a poor attempt at crowing this morning [​IMG]
    So can you help put my mind at ease [​IMG]

    First my two light Sussex, yellow & pinky, 13 weeks old
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    Then there's Spot, 7 months, any ideas on breed?
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    and then mumma chooks two 3week? olds
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    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you sure it was an attempt at crowing and not loud cackling?
     
  3. TanyaN

    TanyaN New Egg

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    Yes, more a crow than a cackle, the one hen that does lay (not pictured) cackled quite a bit shortly afterwards
     
  4. CuckooOrpington

    CuckooOrpington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is hard to see spot... do you have a closer picture of him/her? From a distance she looks like a hen.
    Sometimes dominant hens can crow but this is rare and usually only occurs in large flocks.
    The second 'Light Sussex' has yellow legs which isn't correct for a sussex, but at least she is a hen. The 3 week old in the first image is a cockerel and I think the one in the second photo is a pullet, but they are far too young to crow. [​IMG]

    Hopefully the 'crowing' won't persist.
     
  5. TanyaN

    TanyaN New Egg

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    Thanks Cuckoo Orpington, had a feeling that it was one of each with the babies.
    No 'crowing' this morning.
    I did think it was weird the light Sussex having yellow legs, must be something else in there.
    Any ideas on spots breed, my only laying hen is the same as spot, dark legs, dark undertones on face, got them from two different people. Here's the 12 month old girl
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  6. CuckooOrpington

    CuckooOrpington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spot has the shape of a hamburg or a leghorn but she has gray legs (whereas leghorns are yellow). Does she have a rose comb? Sometimes Splash Hamburgs can have markings like this but she doesn't have large earlobes like a hamburg. I think she and the 12 month hen are crossbreeds, pretty ones too. It is likely that they are a leghorn x black sex link. This sort of cross is rather common as it produces good layers that aren't plain brown or black. The crowing was probably a hen sneezing/coughing - chooks do this when they get grain up their nose and it almost sound like a first crow.
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Not Leghorn or Sexlink crosses. Neither of those have feathered legs, which are pretty obvious on Spot (can't tell if the other has them). Silkie cross maybe? The dark skin and feathered legs would fit the bill for them. Any extra toes? They kind of look like Tetra Tints, other than the skin and feathered legs.
     
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  8. CuckooOrpington

    CuckooOrpington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Missed the legs [​IMG]
    Does spot have a walnut comb?

    This is a silkie x hamburg (as an example), all my silkie crosses have had feathered feet except this cross, though she has five toes and a walnut comb. This girl has black skin, but sometimes pullets take a long time to get red on the comb. You won't ever be able to tell for sure what sort of cross Spot is though, but howfunkyisurchicken's opinion makes more sense.

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  9. TanyaN

    TanyaN New Egg

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    Thanks again all, so all going well only the one too I have to worry about later [​IMG]
    Spots comb is quite hard to see, will check it out tonight
     
  10. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would not have believed it had it not happened to me.....Hens will CROW! I had an Orpington hen (positive) that crowed. When I asked around & even read it here, some dominate hens will crow :(
     

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