Help with gender - any wild guesses on breed too?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Hoping4Hens, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Hoping4Hens

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    Hello. Our family is new to chickens and were given a Mama and her 7 chicks to raise. We do not know the breed (pic of Mama attached). The chicks are approximately 19 weeks old (plus or minus a couple of weeks, probably plus). We are certain that 3, probably 4 are cockerels which we will have to re-home due to city ordinances but are crossing our fingers at least 2 or 3 are pullets. We would rather get to the re-homing sooner than later so the kids do not get too attached. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks 4,barred chick in same piicture and the first #1 are cockerels as are the 2 in the lower right corner on #3. The second #1 is a different chick and is a pullet as are 2 and 3. Interesting mixes on the girls.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Momma looks like a hatchery quality light Brahma. I think I can see a pea comb and lightly feathered legs. She may be a mix, the body shape is off a little, or she may simply be a less than stellar quality hatchery bird. I have one that looks pretty similar from a hatchery who is also raising chicks now, I call her Brahma Momma [​IMG]

    The chicks are all mixed breed birds. There were either multiple roosters, or the rooster was himself a mixed breed bird. And always the possibility the Brahma isn't the genetic momma, either. In theory, her pea comb should be dominant and all her offspring should have pea combs. Since there are straight combed chicks, either she's not their momma, or she's carrying a recessive gene for the straight comb. Feathered legs are also partially dominant, so some chicks should have those, at least a bit, if she's the genetic mother.

    1, 2 and 3 are pullets.

    4 is a little boy.
     
  4. Hoping4Hens

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    Thanks so much. We appreciate your feedback.
     
  5. Hoping4Hens

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    Wow, thank-you so much for sharing your knowledge. We figured she was probably a "mutt" so to speak :). We will see how the egg laying goes once it starts. Have a great Thanksgiving.
     
  6. drumstick diva

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    agree with donrae
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You're welcome. My Brahma Momma was a pretty decent layer and I was thrilled when she went broody. I think she only hatched two of her own chicks, and of course I'm pretty sure they are cockerels. So I'll have to wait for more chicks to see how her daughters lay.
     

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