Identifying Chateau Le Cluck's inhabitants' breeds...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Hotspurious, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Hotspurious

    Hotspurious Out Of The Brooder

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    The other day my 3 yr old and I decided to pick out some chicks from our local feed and grain. I, of course, had a number in mind for our backyard flock and wanted 50% of the chicks to be high volume producing Red Stars (sex links). Here is an image of one of those 4 chicks:

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    In selection, my 3 yr old decided to take a different tack: Go with a myriad of birds (or, as he'd say it '...burr collas...' - which translates loosely from "3 yr old speak" to something like 'bird colors').

    Therein lies the problem: Whereas I picked a definitive breed, he picked colors. Unfortunately, the lot attendant was fairly new to her job, and although exceedingly nice and helpful, didn't know which breed the 'collas' he picked were.

    Thus I'm providing the following images and descriptions/commentary for your consideration and comment.

    Any help is most appreciated.
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    Angel: Angel was completely white and has since put on some very pale yellow coloring; as you can see below. She's also added the brown hues to her wings in the past 3 weeks. I assume she's a bantam-class bird as she's much smaller than the Red Stars.

    Thoughts on breed?

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    Mrs. Flufferman: Mrs. F is fluffy, mostly a light brown color with darker brown hues on head, shoulders, and lower back. She's also developing some speckles on her wings from the ulna out. A "telling" (or so I believe) sign of her breed is the feathering from exterior toes traveling up her legs.

    Thoughts on breed?

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    Lady Gray: She's just that: gray. Although there are - as you can see below - slight variations in color, she's all gray. As with Angel above, I assume that she's a bantam-class bird due to size comparison with same aged Red Stars.


    Thoughts on breed?

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    Penelope: Our daughter thinks Mrs. P is a looker; and excoriates her younger brother and I for not simply picking 8 such chicks at the F&G. As you can see, she's a light tanned belly, light brown bodied bird with interesting wing markings. Also of note, she has dark 'eye masks' and dark cohesive stripe the runs from cranium top to stern.


    Thoughts on breed?

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    And finally, a gratuitous image of the 'nearly completed' Chateau Le Cluck:

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    Some paintwork, signage, a cupola (with "schwein fliegend" weathervane), and watering system need to be installed/completed. Other than that, the Chateau is ready for its - with your help soon to be 'breed identified' - boarders...

    Thanks in advance! ;-D

    Hotspurious
    Walnut Creek, CA
     
  2. Hotspurious

    Hotspurious Out Of The Brooder

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    Did some more research and believe they're the following:

    - Penelope - Welsummer (verified as 'very likely' through F&G store)

    - Angel - Salmon Favarolles (verified as 'very likely' through F&G store)

    - Mrs. Flufferman - Buff Brahma (verified as 'very likely' through F&G store)

    - Gray Lady - Gray/Blue Silkie Color and gray/black legs & beak seem to point to a silkie or crossbreed thereof?
    (Can any Silkie aficionados out there corroborate?)

    Thx in advance!

    Hotspurious
    Walnut Creek, CA
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Faverolles have feathered legs and 5 toes. I don't see feathered legs on Angel. And no hatchery has bantam Faverolles.

    What kind of comb does Mrs Flufferman have? My first thought was partridge cochin.

    Gray Lady does not look like a silkie to me. I'm not familiar with a lot of the bantam breeds so I'll pass on that one, other than it looks to be blue.

    Penelope does look to be a Welsummer.

    And if any are bantams remember that hatcheries do not sex those - only large fowl.
     
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  4. Hotspurious

    Hotspurious Out Of The Brooder

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    Thx for the insights Keesmom!! very much appreciated.

    You are spot-on correct, Angel doesn't have 5 toes. (Great catch!)

    Another close-in-coloration chick they had at the F&G at that time is the White Leghorns. Would that make sense for Angel? (I thought the wing feathers were pretty dark for that breed.)

    At 5 weeks Mrs. F. doesn't seem to be showing enough comb to say definitively. I may need to wait on her until she gets a bit bigger. Looking at partridge cochin chick images, the coloring does look to be very close. I'll have to ask the F&G if they had those in the chick bin when we were there.

    Wrt Gray Lady, the only nexus in chick coloration I could find (blackish legs/beak and all gray body) was a gray/blue silkie. More research to do hear I suppose...

    According to the F&G, they've all been sexed ("ya right!" [​IMG]). I was guessing bantams because of their size comparisons to the red stars; where in 5 weeks the difference is now 2x.

    Thx again!

    Hotspurious
    Walnut Creek, CA
     
  5. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I suspect the white chick is wheaten colored... breed would depend on comb, hatchery source, and Bantam/Large Fowl, etc.

    Maybe Wheaten Old English Game?
     
  6. Hotspurious

    Hotspurious Out Of The Brooder

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    Thx for the insights popsicle!

    Here are a few more of Angel. Perhaps they'd help ID her:


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    And in comparison to one of the same aged Red Stars...


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    The wing colors and patterns do match nicely with the Wheaten chick images I find
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    Hotspurious
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  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    You can tell now. Does it look like it has little bumps or is it kind of smooth and flat?

    As for the blue chick, it does not have silkied feathers. Silkies also have black skin, and usually they will have a little poof on the top of the head where the crest will develop. Could be a blue old english game.

    Which hatchery did they order from?
     
  8. Hotspurious

    Hotspurious Out Of The Brooder

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    Stopped into the F&G and, given the chicks they had in stock at the time, they said the following...

    • Penelope - Welsummer
    • Angel - Wheaten Maran
    • Lady Gray - Bantam Gray Silkie - or variant thereof. (Said that that was the only option given stock.)
    • Mrs. Flufferman - Couldn't say for sure. Was a bit perplexed looking at the pics.

    To your question, Mrs. F. has a smooth, flat comb. Also, he orders from the Privett Hatchery (NM I believe?)

    While at the F&G I couldn't help myself and picked up a couple of Easter Egger chicks. ;-D
     
  9. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Privett has Wheaten Marans? I'd think they would be bigger...
     
  10. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Flat comb would rule out cochin then. Maybe it is a brahma, since they have pea combs.

    The "silkie" has me perplexed. No silkied feathers, and no feathers on the legs.
     

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