How to tell what breeds are in a mixed rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rooster brandon., May 21, 2012.

  1. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Songster

    Sep 10, 2010
    Kodak, by knoxville
    I was wondering how do you tell what breeds are in a mixed rooster and how to tell if a chicken is a pure breed?
  2. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Crowing

    May 19, 2012
    wow good question. Lots of purebreeds where once breed from something else so may be tough
  3. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you have a picture of him, we may be able to help out and identify some breeds. Most breeds have a certain dominant trait or two that you can pick up on even in mixed breed chickens.

    Pure bred birds will look like a standard, which is described in the Poultry Standard of Perfection. Though sometimes it can be more difficult to tell if the bird is not great quality. I often have a difficult time telling what breed hatchery birds are, because many of them just do not fit the breed standard. For example, I have a partridge cochin hen that looks more like a partridge brahma. In that case it can be hard to tell if your bird is purebred and just poor quality, or if there is some other breed mixed in.

    Pictures definitely help though! [​IMG]
  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

    Jan 12, 2012
    x2 [​IMG]

    Also, I've seen many mixes with dirty blonde coloring, random red splotches, ect.

    Good luck with your chickens~

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