My new chickens - what breed if any?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cassvanm, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. cassvanm

    cassvanm Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2012
    NE Victoria, Australia
    Hi - I'm in australia, so not sure if that affects what breeds I have access to.
    Anyway, here are my two new chickens - both about 5 weeks old. (sorry I can't work out how to turn the photos around)
    Given to me by my sister in law yesterday:

    The first one is Sally Speckles - she's so pretty! I can't wait to see what she'll look like when she matures (if anyone can pinpoint the breed, then I can look it up and have a bit of an idea)
    The second one is Tulip. Her feathers arent nearly as impressive, with more of a patchy coverage. Any ideas on breed would be awesome.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I can't tell what they are, BUT the first one looks like a cockerel.

  3. fancyfeathers38

    fancyfeathers38 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2011

    They look like they might have a bit of Silkie in them but definetly not purebreds.
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    1st one is a spangle pekin, 2nd silkie x.
  5. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    they both could be a mix or the first is a spangled Cochin (pekin) and the second is a silkie mix

    im going with both mixes or something we dont know lol im sure theres breeds there we dnt have here

    1st looks like a little cockrel
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    First one is definitely cockerel! To have a comb that red at this age.. :/

    I would say the second one has silkie in it's past. Both don't look pure to me.
  7. cassvanm

    cassvanm Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2012
    NE Victoria, Australia
    OK, I'm chicken-illiterate, so can someone please explain "cockerel" for me. I'm assuming it means baby rooster, coz if it is a baby rooster, I'm going to have to rehome him - we aren't legally allowed roosters here [​IMG]
  8. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    cockerel = rooster
    pullet = hen
  9. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    id say send him to me haha. wish u could. hes so cute. to bad ur in a differnt country
  10. cassvanm

    cassvanm Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2012
    NE Victoria, Australia
    HaHa Stephanie!
    I've been doing some research, and it does seem as though Sally is a boy :(
    I've contacted my sister in law, who gave us the chicks, and she's happy for us to take him back and swap with one that doesn't show so many signs as being a cockerel.
    Sally has the red comb, the wattle (?) is even more red, is quite adveturous and bold, is larger than Tulip, and has much thicker feather coverage.
    I'm so disappointed though, Sally was my fave [​IMG]

    Edit - have checked the spur formation but couldnt' note any difference between the 2 birds.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012

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