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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hockeyjohn, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. Hockeyjohn

    Hockeyjohn New Egg

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    Hello everyone!

    Just joined this site and looking forward to what's ahead! I am new to chickens. Been at this a whole 3-1/2 months now! I had always wanted to have chickens, just never had any, until recently, when my 12 year old son brought me 2 from his 6th grade science class. Their class incubated 25 eggs and hatched 18 chicks as part of their embryology segment last spring.

    The chicks were hatched on May 1st. When the chicks were 1 week old, the students were allowed to sign up to take them home. He knew I always wanted some, so he got 2 for me, and here I am... I have no idea what the breed(s) are, so I'm totally open to suggestions at this point. Been doing a lot of reading and research, but still confused and have no idea! I'm fairly certain the black one is a male, as he crows all the time. The grey/silver one, hard to tell... Have heard him/her crow a few times, but not very much at all. Still not sure if it's a male or female. again, open to y'alls expertise. Thank you for any input you may have.

    Hope you like the pics!

    John
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  2. thepurplecoop

    thepurplecoop Out Of The Brooder

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    @HockeyjohnI'm new too but I had to say " welcome !" And wow very pretty feather pattern on your chicken!

    I found an article about the 5 most common back yard chickens online.

    http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/animals/poultry/top-5-backyard-chicken-breeds/

    Then I looked up the name on Google images. That's how I was able to identify my two chickens. Then I just verified it in the chicken encyclopedia.

    Maybe this helps. God bless!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Your birds are beautiful but, if you have heard both of them crowing, they are roosters.
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and are here to help.

    X2 if they are crowing, they are roosters. The darker one is definalty a roo. He looks to be a maran. The other one looks like an EE.

    They are both gorgeous!

    Glad you joined!
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. My wife and I were both raised in the great state of Texas. Thanks for posting the pics and X2 on Mountain Peeps. You have a Marans cockerel and an Easter Egger cockerel. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your birds.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X4, you have two nice cockerels.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    They sure are pretty!!

    I hope you can keep roosters in your area. :)
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  9. thepurplecoop

    thepurplecoop Out Of The Brooder

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    @Hockeyjohn welcome! Your chickens are beautiful I love the grey feathered one.


    @Michael OShay which one is which?
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    The dark one is the Marans cockerel, the gray one is the EE cockerel.
     
  11. Hockeyjohn

    Hockeyjohn New Egg

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    Thank you everyone for the awesome feedback! It is very much appreciated. I'm very happy everyone that commented agreed on the breeds. My next question, even thought the EE has crowed, is it still possible it's a pullet? I have read that, although not normal at all, it is possible for hens to crow. Just throwing that out there.

    Looks like I now need to brush up on having 2 cockerels/roosters and possibly separating them. The Marans is definitely the dominate male in the run at this point. Time to get some hens for them now.

    @TwoCrows I live out in the country on family property/farm land. Roosters are no problem at all. My neighbor has 2 as well. It's all good! :)


    John
     

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