im new to chickens, what breeds/genders are my birds?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cowgirlup07, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. cowgirlup07

    cowgirlup07 Out Of The Brooder

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    The whites have some odd colors tinting their feathers in places with flat/wide combs. Someone gave them to me and he's not sure what they are either. The 2 multi colored ones are beautiful birds, my personal favorite is my big red rooster (my son named him bird bird) all the birds in the group photos are around the same size but are young. Around half the size of Bird Bird who's approx 6 1/2 months old. The others are around 4 months.


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    I know this one is a rooster but what breed?
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  2. DesertChickens1

    DesertChickens1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like all the birds in your pictures are roosters! The last bird pictured looks like a RIR rooster and the others look like mutts.
    Also welcome to BYC!
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    All of your birds are roosters. The three in the top pictures are all mixed breeds. The one in the two bottom pictures is a hatchery grade Rhode Island Red.
     
  4. cowgirlup07

    cowgirlup07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both. I don't mind them all being roosters, I've just always loved chickens and since they all get along, I'll let them continue to keep my place bug free, they run loose but have a coop they go to at night. They guy who gave me the mixed birds has 3 more for me. He said this set would make good butcher birds. I should have them tomorrow. I have 6 total right now, I'm about 75% sure 1 is a hen by looking at its feathers (not pictured) the feathers are rounded and shorter than the other birds and this one is more plump.
     
  5. cowgirlup07

    cowgirlup07 Out Of The Brooder

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    What does your term hatchery grade mean?
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Hatchery grade means that it fits the basic criteria for a breed, but it has flaws that fall short of the AP standard for that breed, and as a result would either have points deducted or else be disqualified in a poultry show. Most breeds that are sold by hatcheries fall into this category. They are good birds, just not show standard.
     
  7. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    You will probably find that adding that one girl will totally change them all getting along. If you don't care about eggs I would stick to all boys unless you have a way to keep them away from the hen in a separate boys quarters one the hormones kick in.

    One hen to 5 roosters is also going to end up with one injured hen. The ratio for them to all keep getting on in One area is one rooster per 10 hens.
     
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  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on that 10 hen to 1 rooster ratio. Too many roosters will be very hard on your hens physically; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their backs and necks, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
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    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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