Need help IDing 17 week old chickens...for both breed and gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by traceyk73, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. traceyk73

    traceyk73 New Egg

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    We currently have 16 chickens and are at various stages of IDing them. 4 of them hatched March 3rd and we know that they are Black Sex Linked pullets. The rest came from my daughters school...the eggs were brown and blueish green. I know that the blueish green ones were probably "Easter Eggers" or is this just a term to mean "mutt chickens?" The man who bought them said they were Araucana's, but I'm not sure he knew what he was talking about, because I read they don't have tails...and all but one of ours have tails. So, 11 of them hatched around March 29th and of those, we have identified two as definite roosters because they are crowing...one of them was playing hard to get when I was taking photos, but here is one of them, but we don't know what breed he is:

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    1 hatched maybe a week later (we were told it hatched around the same time as the others...this one came from the original guy who bought them, but it did not hatch with the ones at the school). It is MUCH smaller than the others, but looks very rooster-ish, with the tail feathers and everything, but no crowing or other rooster behavior:

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    This is one that all along has had larger legs and combs/wattles, but has shown no rooster qualities until today. It has started to try to mate, but hasn't had any luck...just runs after the other rooster when he tries to mate or even tries to get on top of him when he is mating. Do pullets ever try to mate? (I know my female dogs do this a lot.) [​IMG]

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    Then there are what I think to be RIR pullets, but I'd love some feedback. The first couple are suspected roos, but show absolutely NO SIGNS (other than size and possibly the tail feathers).

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    Lastly, there are two smaller white pullets (well, I'm pretty confident that they are pullets). One has a no tail and some beige mixed in with her white. This is her:

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    This is the other one...she is mostly white and has a yellow beak and possibly some tufts around her face:

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    Any help you can provide with regard to determining breeds or gender is greatly appreciated. And while it probably belongs on a different section of this forum, I'm open to suggestions of what to do with all of my roosters? And whether I even should keep one? I'm told by a neighbor that his hens started laying better once the rooster was gone. And, I know that I could butcher them (and even have someone to do so for me) but think I would rather just find them new homes...or is that silly? Thanks so much!

    Tracey in Woodsboro, MD
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    1, 2 & 3 are roosters - look like mixed breeds

    4 (white w/straight comb) - roo - unsure on breed

    5 & 6 are RIR roos (not sure if they are pure bred)

    7, 8 & 9 - red pullets - unsure on breed..not pure RIR

    10 & 11 - rumpless pullets - have araucana in them, but probably not pure (wrong leg color and may have muffs instead of tufts - hard to tell in the pics)

    12, 13, 14 - pullet - she is an easter egger - probably ameraucana cross because she has muffs/beard, but wrong leg color and looks like a straight comb

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  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I agree with Jody .... and glad I didn't have to type all that [​IMG]
     
  4. traceyk73

    traceyk73 New Egg

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    Thanks for confirming! And the number 5 & 6 photos are the same chicken, as well as 10 & 11 photos...same chicken, just different angles. So that little guy is definitely a rooster, you think? Why is he so small, any idea?

    So, with so many roosters...is it because there are so many that they are not all crowing and acting rooster-ish? There's no fighting going on...and can I be pretty sure that the ones that "look" like roosters are in fact roosters? I don't want to get rid of them or butcher them if there's ANY chance that they might be pullets. Thanks again.

    Tracey
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    As I was saying them to myself when I was scrolling down I seen the first comment...and it was exactly what I though [​IMG]
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am certain on the ones I named as roos. No doubt about it..all already have the saddle feathers.

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  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My answers match Jody's.
     

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