Mixed Chicks - species and sex?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Ted Brown, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. These chicks range from 13-20 days old; we incubated 17 eggs and got 8 successful hatches; eggs are from a owner well known by my sister. The eggs were selected from mothers based on several factors including egg colour and egg production. The likely rooster is a beautiful black bird who is the dominant bird in a flock of 80-100 hens.

    Both the source flock owner and we expected to get a variety of species but all eight are very close in appearance. Apologies for the number of photos but I wanted to provide the best information I have in order to get suggestions as to species and which might be male. We are new chicken owners, have done a lot of reading both on BYC and elsewhere, but have limited ability to guess what we may have.

    All input greatly appreciated.

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  2. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    If they have the same dad then they are almost all mixed breed. It looks like the dad could be Australorp, and maybe if some of the hens were, a couple of the chicks were purebred Australorp.
     
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  3. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Species? You mean breed.
     
  4. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Mixed breeds, lots of cockerels.
     
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  5. NatJ

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    Species: chicken (no ducks, pigeons, etc in that mix)
    Breed: mixed
    The black rooster is probably the father of most of them, because when you cross a black chicken with any other color of chicken, you get lots of black chicks--as you've obviously found out!
    If you're trying to figure out the parents of individual chicks:
    The ones with feathers on the feet have at least one parent with feathered feet.
    The ones with dark legs (not yellow) have at least one parent with dark legs. Yellow-legged chicks probably have two parents with yellow legs, but that's not guaranteed.
    Muff/beard (feathers on the face--shows as a fat face in the chicks) must also come from a parent who shows the trait (I think I saw it on the brownish chick that also has feathered feet and black legs.)
     
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  6. Thanks folks, both for the correction re breeds vs species and comments about what we have.

    Regarding the "lots of cockerels" observation - I assume this identification is based on visible comb development at this stage? I will keep only one male but assume that I can cull based on careful observation of behaviours? At what age do I need to increase vigilance?

    I have only a 10' by 16' coop with run space to be added shortly, will not add additional segregation spaces.
     
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  7. Josip

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    I think its best to wait one month to say breed, sex they are way to young, maybe some super expert wolud say wich sex are they now but for us others is close to immposilble to say sex now. :)
    I have some at 15 weeks old still doubt about sex haha:lau
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    So it's been a month @Ted Brown ...
    ... are all cockerels apparent due to comb size and color?
     
  9. We think so, comb size/colour as well as behaviors are the indicators. It seems we have an even split with 4 females and 4 males.

    My current plan is to keep a single male but will do nothing about that until next Spring unless conflicts drive a decision sooner. The more assertive of the males will "stand up" to one another and also to the 26 week old pullets at times, can be a chortle when it happens.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Might want to have a segregation area ready to go...
    ...at about 4 months it can get ugly fast.
    Will you slaughter for meat...or....?
     

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