My Introduction Thread--Our "Buzzard" had some "Chipmunks"....?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kdubcook, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. kdubcook

    kdubcook Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. I've been lurking around BYC since this past June, when we got our very first chickens. Ever.

    We got 5 hens and 2 roosters from the feed store. One of the roosters was fully grown, who I have come to decide is a Red Cochin Bantam (I'm fairly certain, but I'm also certainly no expert and could easily be wrong). He is also quite the little A-hole. When we first got him and I would talk to my husband each day about the chicken soap opera going on in our backyard, I would refer to him as Mr. D*ckhead since we still hadn't decided on a name for him yet. My husband said we could name him Richard, but call him Dick, for short. But I simply cannot bear the thought of hearing my 7 & 5 year olds calling him that when their daddy and I both know what it is really referring to. So, we just decided to call him Mr. D.
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    Mr. D, the A-hole Red Cochin Bantam who thinks he is 10 feet tall and bulletproof, but has no clue how to be a gentleman rooster because he always eats first, steals and hogs food and crows incessantly and attacks small children, clueless, nosy lapdogs who think chicken poop is a culinary delicacy, and squirrels and leaves and grass and air. But is completely and utterly oblivious to the 2-foot tall hawk watching his every move because he's too busy trying to decide which hen he wants to hump for the umpteenth time, or what inanimate, benign object may be worthy of attacking next.
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    The other rooster was barely even a "teenager" when we got him, still quite young and goofy, still twice as big as Mr.D though, and he is a Rhode Island Red. He has now gotten quite large, comb has come in nice and floppy and no longer has that idiotic look on his face while "galloping" across the yard for treats (in my mind I always thought he looked like he should be saying "DURRP....Dum Dum wants gum gum!.....AHUYCK.") He is turning out to be quite the little gentleman, and not only protects the hens, but also our nosy chicken-poop eating lapdogs, our small children, us, and anything else that Mr. D attempts to annihilate.
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    You see, over the last couple of weeks, there has been a "changing of the guard" so to speak. Mr. D, who tormented Dum Dum (we just call him Big Boy) all summer long with his antics and bullying, now gets rolled around like a booger in the dirt by Big Boy when he tries to act like his little D*ckhead self. And no, I am not even joking about him vindicating the dogs, either.
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    Our 5 hens, well, actually we have 6 now, but that's a whole 'nother story, anyway our original 5 hens are made up of 1 RIR named Molly, who is a nosy pig that runs like an ostrich. She has yet to lay her first egg even though she is a big fat cow. She blinked when we took this picture, so her eye is closed......even though she looks like a fat zombie chicken with dead gray eyes in this picture.
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    2 of what seem to be Americana/cauna, or clever impersonations of that breed. Fancy has the "earrings" and Nancy is the other one. They are both neurotic and insane and for some reason known only to them, run everywhere instead of walking, while flapping their wings like they'd actually rather fly from one spot to the other. Fancy has begun to lay absurdly small eggs, but Nancy is still holding out on us.
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    And 2 of what the feed store clerk simply referred to as "rumpless". I thought they were cute and odd and both were almost starved to death and most certainly would not have lasted the week if they had remained there, so I took pity on them even though one of them looked more like a buzzard than a chicken. One of the rumpless is white and her name is Gidget. She is the debutante of the chicken soap opera and both Mr. D and Big Boy's number one gal. If we made Gidget a little chicken chariot, they would pull her around in it all day long,..... between intervals of humping her of course. I have researched rumpless breeds and mine do not have any sort of ear-wings on the sides of their heads. The closest I've come to pinning it down as far as looks is DeGrubbe (aka Quail Bantam), but they don't have dark shanks. Their combs are like little blobs that sorta hang over to one side. Gidget is thickly feathered, but with the rounded-over butt which is completely bald below her booty hole.



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    The buzzard, who we call Bald-Booty Broody, is the ugliest chicken I've ever seen. She looks like she got hit by a car, then left out in the rain and got struck by lightening.
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    Her booty and entire under-belly all the way up to her crop are bald, and she has recently gotten two bald spots on her shoulders. Her feathers above her crop are lopsided and much longer and thicker on one side, than the other.
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    I have run out of ideas as to what type of chickens Gidget and the buzzard actually are and am interested in anyone's educated guess in an attempt to solve this great mystery. The buzzard lays fat smooth green eggs and Gidget lays smaller chalkier bluish ones.

    The main reason I'd like to know what these chickens are, is because we just had babies! Yay!!
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    Their daddy is Mr. D, the Red Cochin Bantam, and Gidget and Bald Boody Broody are the mommas. All the chicks have feathered feet, and they all look like little chipmunks...lol. A couple of them look like they are Egyptian or something because it looks like they're wearing heavy black eyeliner, even though you really can't tell just how dark and distinct it really looks in this crappy picture (my husband took).
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    Two of them are yellow,
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    and a couple of them don't have markings as well-defined as the others, see the more blurred and strawberry reddish ones on the left in this picture.
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    But they are all sweet, and little and my 5 & 7 year old daughters are thrilled about them. I used a Brinsea digital, auto-turn incubator that held 7 eggs. They began hatching when the incubator still showed 1 1/2 days left, which was in the wee-early morning hours of Sunday, and the 6th one hatched yesterday evening around supper. There is one egg left and the incubator has shown 0 days since last night. From what I understand, it is normal and expected for the smaller, bantam chicks to hatch a bit early, and all 6 chicks that have hatched are Mr. D's.
    I guess what I'm wondering is, if the last egg, which is the buzzard's, of course, may have been fathered by Big Boy the RIR? And that is why it hasn't even pipped yet? I used a stethoscope to listen to the egg yesterday evening, but heard nothing, and all of our eggs were impossible to candle because of how thick the shells are. We've even used the bright led torch lights and can't see a thing.
    Sorry this thread is so long, but I just wanted to try and fit as much info as I could :eek:)
    I've got to get ready to pick up my girls, but I'm excited to finally join the forum I've been lurking around for several months now, and very much looking forward to meeting all of you and especially hearing y'alls thoughts on my questions above!
    Thank you so much!!
     
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  2. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] What a terrific introductory story! Unfortunately, I have no answers for you. But I did really enjoy reading your post. I am sure someone on BYC can help you with chicken genetics and hatching. As for the rooster issues, have you considered doing away with Mr. D.? Seems like the better roo has put him in his place which is good, but I still wouldn't want such an agressive roo around (or making babies who might be aggressive), especially since he doesn't care well for the hens.
     
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  3. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You really should have placed a disclaimer on the title of your post: "Put down your drink when reading this post or you will spray it through your nose."

    Or something.

    Thanks for joining. I think I'll be stalking your posts. :lol:

    OH! Your questions... No answer, sorry. But I also ask why you haven't made Dick soup yet? ;)
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    all but the first hen and the roos look like easter eggers. someone crossed a araucana with something to make the last two. But even true araucanas don't all have tuffs.

    not all eggs will hatch even if they make it to lock down, but give it a few more days to see. all the babies will be considered ee's since their mom is an ee. they might lay blue, green, olive, or brown eggs if they turn out to be hens. If any are from the tailless ones they might be tailless as well.
     
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  5. kdubcook

    kdubcook Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, considering Mr. D is about the size of a canteloupe, he really can't do much damage. Plus, his feet are covered in fluffy feathers. He still thinks he's a badass though.
    The last few days he's pretty much just stomped around with his neck feathers perpetually ruffled, with a look on his face like he's plotting some kind of evil chicken scheme to regain his position of former glory in our backyard chicken world.
    He only tried to go all Incredible Hulk on one of the kids once, our 5 year old daughter. He managed to leave a decent scratch on her leg. I had warned my girls plenty of times and repeat the rules of 'Backyard Chicken World' regularly, but since they are hardheaded like their Momma, I already knew that this would have to be one of those lessons learned through experience. You know, the kind where your Momma & Daddy said, "I told you so" and the kind that you typically never, ever forget. Having said that, both girls now give Mr. D a very wide berth anytime they are out there and he hasn't bothered them since.
    I didn't think about agressive babies though. When we first brought him home and I scoured the internet trying to figure out what he was, all the descriptions of Cochins I came across were about how sweet and docile they were.....lmao. Yeah, that's not two words I would use to describe Mr. D. We've already decided not to incubate any more of his eggs, since we really just wanted some Cochin Bantam hens because of what good mothers they are supposed to make.
    We will be offering any male chickens from this hatch as pets. I'm hoping the reason he is such a turd is because when he was at the feed store, he was in a pen with NINE other Cochin Bantam roosters that he grew up with.
     
  6. kdubcook

    kdubcook Out Of The Brooder

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    lol, well, sorry about that!

    No Dick soup on the menu anytime soon, ha ha haaa! We are still in "pet" mode with our chickens, even though we do have "organic meat source" aspirations for sometime in the future. I've already informed my husband that it can't be one with a name :eek:(
     
  7. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I completely agree with Wax Myrtle - you need a warning on this thread! [​IMG] And I understand being in the "pet" mode - my first rooster was a gorgeous, handsome creature who was kind of rough on the hens and, with a little age and raging hormones, became a real brute with people too. His third attack that drew my hubby's blood was his last and he became a pot pie. We never had any intention of raising chickens for meat, but .... Just keep an eye on Mr. D and don't risk your daughters' or your own safety if his attacks escalate. Hopefully having Big Boy at the helm will stop the nonsense as he seems to consider you and yours (kids, dogs...) his flock.
     
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  8. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This. I hope Big Boy keeps the stomp down. Even fluffy feet can have sharp claws and sharp spurs. I figure it's gotta be a lot easier to eat (or give away) a pet that went bad (btdt) than have a small child injured (btdt, too - minor bleeding, but the poor 3yo still has nightmares...) . I have very young kids, too, and had to weigh the imagined emotional trauma I'd be inflicting on them if we ate the pets. Kinda let that idea go when my 8yo daughter said "Mama, Bigwig tastes really, really good!" ;)
     
  9. kdubcook

    kdubcook Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, we are most definitely keeping a sharp eye on the little turd. We already decided after the first incident that if he ever tried that nonsense with one of the girls again, he was going straight back to the feed store.

    Right now, things seem to be pretty orderly in Backyard Chicken World since Big Boy took over. So far, he is a very good boy and displays all the desired traits of a good rooster, he calls the girls over when he finds food, he eats only after they've all had something to eat, he shoos them closer together if they start to stray too far away (Backyard Chicken World is entirely fenced, but they still probably think of the other side of the pool as the other side of Chicken Planet). He still runs over to me every time I walk out the door though...galloping across the yard like a big ol' goob....lol.....but I can tell he's doing it to get treats for his girls. I just hope and PRAY he stays this way! I've heard of some roosters that started out great, but as they got older they got more aggressive and territorial :eek:( boooo on that.......
     
  10. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's me hoping right along with you that Dum Dum comes across the hormone river as great a family and flock rooster as our big old red Walter. :D Who incidentally, shares the Dum Dum nickname occasionally. Most recently while trying his heart out to convince even dum-dummier hens that deep under the house is a great place to lay eggs... "What spiderweb crown, lady-who-shakes-the-chicken-feeder?" "Dum Dum want yumyum? Gerrout from under the house!"
     

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