Is there such a thing as a "Key" to chicken breeds?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fernnut, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. fernnut

    fernnut Out Of The Brooder

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    I've adopted 6 chickens from a rescue farm and would like to identify them if possible. I've had experience using keys to identify plants - is there a "key" to identify chickens. One of them looks like a Light Sussex except it has yellow legs - what has this marking AND yellow leggs, etc? If there is no such thing (a great $ opportunity for some knowledgeable person), I'll just post pictures and see if you wonderful folks can help.

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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  3. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mean like a decision tree. Good idea!
     
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    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. fernnut

    fernnut Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I don't think so - the feathers on her hackels are black with white just around the edges, same with the tail feathers. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow, my daughter has my camera and the chickens will be going to bed soon. She's a pretty girl - probably around 18 or 19 weeks. She may not even be full blooded anything.
     
  6. fernnut

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    Quote:Right, you start with one trait and go from there to pick things like eye color, leg color,ear color. For instance you have a black chicken then your next decision might be a) if it has yellow skin and legs then go "here" - b) if it has black legs and skin go "here" - c) if it has white legs go "here" and so on. Hope that makes sence
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Right, you start with one trait and go from there to pick things like eye color, leg color,ear color. For instance you have a black chicken then your next decision might be a) if it has yellow skin and legs then go "here" - b) if it has black legs and skin go "here" - c) if it has white legs go "here" and so on. Hope that makes sence

    That is a dichotomous key. They can be very handy at narrowing down choices.
     
  8. fernnut

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    Quote:Right, you start with one trait and go from there to pick things like eye color, leg color,ear color. For instance you have a black chicken then your next decision might be a) if it has yellow skin and legs then go "here" - b) if it has black legs and skin go "here" - c) if it has white legs go "here" and so on. Hope that makes sence

    That is a dichotomous key. They can be very handy at narrowing down choices.

    Do you know where we can find one on chickens????
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Don't know of any.
     
  10. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    The problem with chickens is that there are so many crossed up ones that they will never fit a key.
     

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