Mixed flock, but mixed with what? -Pic Heavy-

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fisherlady, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Hey folks... we got a group of chicks for free when they needed homes after being hatched as a school project, they were a nice group, 6 hens/5 roos... a couple of the roos had to be culled for hen mistreatment but we have since added some other 'mutts' from someone who couldn't tell us anything about her birds other than some came from a feed mill and some may have been hatched out at her place but she didn't know... [​IMG]

    I'd like an idea on what they are since hatching out our own chicks is something we'd like to do, but having some idea on a breed's 'normal' traits will help decide who gets to pass along some genes.
    The gray roo is a definite for us, he is now about 9 lbs and is very good with his girls and very people friendly and cooperative and though he is kingpin around here he doesn't abuse any of the other roos, he just makes his point known and then lets it go.
    I will number/name the pics for easier replies if anyone has an idea on our menagerie...

    1. Grayson, pics are at age 5 months and 6 months old

    2. Mr Greenjeans again pics are at about 5 or 6 months of age, he is about 8 lbs


    3. Spock... hen about 5 lbs, lays brown eggs... VERY friendly, curious

    4. Te'pal... hen... black eyes, 4.5 lbs or so... lg green eggs

    5. Phyllis (yep, as in Diller), hen... about 4 lbs, green egg

    6. Be'llana, hen...about 3.5 lbs, green egger, color doesn't show well in this pic, is a pretty chocolatey brown

    7. Pidgy... hen, 4.5 lbs, friendly, green eggs, black eyes

    8. ... and last but not least .. Napolean, about a 4 lb roo, under one year based on spur development, may need to be rehomed but clue on breed may make that easier

    any tips would be appreciated, I have ideas based on research I've done but folks who work with specific breeds can usually recognize them or their traits right away.... if more pics are needed just let me know,I'll try to get them if closeups or different angles are needed.
    Thanks again!
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Anything that is mixed and lays a colour egg is an EE.

    Be'Llana has a crested breed in her. Maybe Polish.

    The rest are just too mixed to tell.
  3. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    you can neve tell what a bid is mixed with unless you did the mix. your bearded color egg layers are EE's the crested ones look like they may have polish in them
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I'm surprised these ones lay green eggs.
  5. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    the name/description is on top of the pics, the first one you show is Spock... her name/description above pic... she lays a light brown egg
    the other is right though... Te'pal does lay the light green/blue egg in that group of hens.
    Phyllis, the gray/blue hen with the top mop also lays a rather large blue green egg. We have 2 groups who are housed in a divided coop, so we have been able to keep close track of the laying habits of the hens.
    I understand that EE is more of a 'mutt' designation than an actual breed. EEs are a pretty diverse group, that's for sure!
    I was hoping to see if anyone could pick out breed characteristics to see what they may be a mutt mix of...LOL... kind of a real grab bag mix we ended up
    with, but out of 11 hens we are getting an average of 6- 8 eggs a day without supplemental lighting and we have one broody so she doesn't really count right now.
    This has been a great group though for us, healthy and (mostly) friendly, hoping to be able to reproduce at least some of their best qualities as we go forward with new generations of chicks!
  6. CinnamonQueen

    CinnamonQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2012
    Mr. Greenjeans looked less mixed... I can't put my finger on the breed that I see.
    Spock and Te'pal could be Australorp mixed.
    Pidgy looks like she's got Dark Brahma in her.
    Napoleon could be Favorolle.
    (I am not an expert on these things)
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Here are some guesses...

    1 - Barred Rock/Dark Brahma mix
    2 - Gorgeous Easter Egger [​IMG]
    3 - Easter Egger/Australorp mix
    4 - Easter Egger/Australorp mix
    5 - Easter Egger/Polish mix
    6 - Easter Egger/Polish mix
    7 - Easter Egger/Silkie mix
    8 - Easter Egger
  8. KingR0o5t3r

    KingR0o5t3r Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2012
    Vail AZ
    I think what you have is the result of an ameraucana roo with a flock consisting of new Hampshire, barred rock, dark Brahma, EE, and golden spangled Hamburg hens. Probably other breeds too. I think they all have some EE blood in them. Sorry but if you want to breed anything with any resemblance to a pure bred, you should get new birds:/. However, I see nothing wrong with breeding mutts cause they're beautiful and EE hens are popular
  9. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you all!

    I am not looking to breed to any type of 'breed standard' as we don't show and I happen to be a fan of 'mutts' since they tend (in my opinion) to be a healthy and happy group.
    The reason for me asking about breeds is more just normal human curiosity and also to help with deciding which may be more prone to pass along traits that I am looking for as we grow our backyard group. I have ordered some eggs (australorp and barred rock) for our broody hen to hatch, with the intent to direct the flock toward an overall friendly group who happen to produce decent eggs quantities but be good for meat purposes also.
    They may be mutts but when asked 'what kind of chickens do you have?' my normal response is 'the spoiled kind'! [​IMG]
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Are you keeping only one rooster? If so - Mr. GreenJeans is your best rooster in appearence, and looks to be just a regular EE without anything else added (like an EE from the feed store).

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