Hens or roos? What mix is the buff?

happychickmom

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I hatched these chickens 4 months ago. The red & black one is Buff Orpington over Australorp. The buff-colored, barred one is BO over ??? The moms were the brown egg layer assortment from McMurray Hatchery.

The BO/Australorp has me befuddled. It has always had a big comb, but its two identical siblings developed definite sickles on their tails a few weeks ago. They have been rehomed. This one seems to have a blunt tail. (Black spots on comb are the result of a fowl pox outbreak we are going through.
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I'm pretty sure the buff is a rooster. He's also HUGE - a good bit bigger than his 14 hatch mates, who all came from the same dad and big hens.

Hens or roos, and what is the barred buff crossed with?



 

stuckinthecity

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Barred Buff might be a barred rock X buff rock. My friend once had a buff hen in with his barreds to hatch some eggs. One of her offspring was a pullet and it looked a lot like that rooster.
 

happychickmom

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I am so hoping the darker one is a pullet. My daughter and I painstakingly helped her hatch from her egg 4 months ago. She was the only one that needed help out of 15, and I always thought she had to be a girl after all of that work.


Also, if it is not a pullet, then I ended up with 10 roos and 5 hens. 9 and 6 would be much nicer.
 

hinkjc

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They both looks like roos to me too. On the darker one you can tell by the bright red coming in the wings and saddle. That is a typical sign of rooster plumage. I also see pointy saddle feathering on the barred one.
 

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