Mystery White Chickens

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Nickeechickee, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Nickeechickee

    Nickeechickee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I got three yellow chicks as part of my "assorted brown egg layers" from Meyer hatchery (though it is possible one is a "meal maker" as I ordered one of those too). One was obviously a rooster from about 3-4 weeks on...he is currently in my freezer. However today I noticed one of the other white birds has suddenly gotten more defined wattles than "her" sister, which wasn't the case 2 weeks ago when we still had the obvious rooster. Do I need to be concerned?

    Also, I'm guessing these are white rocks based on the white chickens Meyer has...can anyone confirm?

    They are now 17 weeks and they are all white (the first one is just muddy as it has been super wet here)

    Wattled chick:

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    non-wattled one

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  2. RanchGirl13

    RanchGirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have hens that their wattle size verys throughout them all and I have 38 hens and I have some that have bigger wattles than that not by a lot but still I dont think you should be worried unless she gets a big tail and spurs
     
  3. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    They do look like White Rocks to me. I agree with RanchGirl that you may have to wait a little longer just to be sure about the top one. But with a comb and wattles that big and red, I'd say that is more likely to be a rooster like you thought...
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, it looks like they are White Rocks. The non-wattled one is definitely a pullet; the wattled one may just be a quick-developing pullet that is going to lay soon. However, a side-profile photo would help determine the gender of the wattled one for sure.
     
  5. RanchGirl13

    RanchGirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have hens that have bigger combs than that
     
  6. Nickeechickee

    Nickeechickee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm I will try to get a better picture tomorrow. It is hard - as soon as I try they move again. I have a dozen out of focus ones, LOL.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    17 weeks, your hens are reaching point of lay and they'll all start looking like that over the next 6 weeks or so. That's a hen.
     
  8. Nickeechickee

    Nickeechickee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooo so can I expect eggs soon do you think? I know with my EE she was red for over a month before she squatted, and then it was another week before we got an egg. No squatting from the younger ladies yet.
     
  9. RanchGirl13

    RanchGirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

     
  10. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    However depending upon where you are the winter cold and shorter daylight hours will play into how soon they will lay.

    I try to get my pullets to 20 weeks by July or August latest so they get established in laying before the onset of winter hours otherwise they don't seem to kick in well until spring especially if one of their last juvenile molts occurs at the normal fall molt time.

    Hopefully yours won't mind the winter and will set in to laying well soon. Adding lighting to the coop can help to extend the light time to beyond 12 hours each day. (Just don't leave it on all the time or you can cause some egg laying issues and chicken irritability. Also be careful with any lighting...I've burned a coop down and so have several of my friends.)

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