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Identify Tractor Supply Chickens

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by beek15853, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. beek15853

    beek15853 Hatching

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    I bought these chickens at the Tractor Supply and would like to know the breed (two of them are all brown, some are white, some are white with brown speckles) and MOST IMPORTANTLY the sex. I cannot have roos in town, so I need to find a home for the boys before they find their voices. I am assuming that the ones with the longer combs and the hangy down things under their beaks are the males, but I've been known to be wrong before!


    Oh...One more quick question. I have someone that has Araucanas (or at least the chickens lay blue/teal eggs) that they want to give me. Will the new chickens and the Tractor Supply chickens get along?

    Thank you for your help.
    Joe
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  2. Iluvmypeeps

    Iluvmypeeps Songster

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    The brown ones are Rhode Island Reds, the white ones are white plymouth rocks, and the white with brown speckles are Amber sex-links (also known as Ambr-links).

    The plymouth rock in front is a rooster, and the RIR in the back looks roo-ish. The rest look to be hens.
     
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  3. hddm3

    hddm3 In the Brooder

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    I would also like to know. i have 6 of them.
     
  4. beek15853

    beek15853 Hatching

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    So am I right that the longer combs and thingys under the beak mean that they are males?
     
  5. nonseq

    nonseq Songster

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    longer combs and wattles = male
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Hens also grow combs and wattles (the hangy-down things under their beaks). I didn't know that at first, myself, and was horrified when all mine started growing combs. Oh NO, not all roosters!

    Luckily, I learned better. Some breeds have very prominent combs even for hens. It looks to me like you have only two roosters, but I could be wrong.

    And yes, by all means, take the offered chickens!

    Just understand you should quarantine them for 30 days, first, away from your current flock. Then when you add them together, there will be some pecking and squawking and chasing whilst a new pecking order is established.

    Good luck! Enjoy your flock!!
     

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