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New to Chickens - ID that chick!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BattleSloth, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. BattleSloth

    BattleSloth Just Hatched

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    Hello!
    I picked up my first five chicks from my aunt yesterday. I was told that two were baylock and three are leghorns.
    They also told me that there is a "random" in the mix and they aren't sure which one it is....Well, I think I got it.

    Can you tell what this chick is?

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  2. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By baylock, I think they meant, "barred rock," which is what this one is. :) Likely a young female from the coloring. The leghorns will be the white ones.

    The other black and white chick at the bottom of the screen, just based on coloring, could be a barred rock male (similar pattern but more white), or could also be another breed such as a Dominique, or other "cuckoo" patterned bird. Obviously it takes more than a shot of half of the back of the bird to tell. :)
     
  3. BattleSloth

    BattleSloth Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much! Most of the other chicks looked like the one half in the picture. Would one rooster cause much of a fuss?
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  4. Sherloki

    Sherloki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on what you mean by a fuss. Could depend on the temperament of the bird. Some roos are very sweet while others are aggressive. Four hens depending on the roo may be enough or may be overmated. If you mean if it'll be noisy, the answer is probably yes.
     
  5. BattleSloth

    BattleSloth Just Hatched

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    Noise wouldn't be any trouble, we're in the woods.
    I'd be more concerned about aggression, the chance of having more than one (they SHOULD all be female), and if the eggs are fertile - I would not want to eat them!
    We are handling these chicks as much as possible so we have a friendly little group.
    I'm not opposed to having a rooster, just being new to this, I worry about the pros and cons.

    Thank you for your help. :)
     
  6. Sherloki

    Sherloki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you are in the woods a major pro would be that the rooster could help protect the hens from predators. For cons, rooster may or may not be standoffish/aggressive sometimes they just get flustered when you mess with their hens, others don't want you anywhere near, and still others don't mind. It really depends. As far as fertilized eggs, some may be fertilized, but if the hens aren't broody and don't sit on them, they'll never develop. If you're collecting the eggs everyday you don't have to worry about finding a chick inside. I *think* that leghorns are not supposed to be broody, not sure about barred rocks.
     
  7. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, at this point you may as well just see how it turns out. Also, at least from my side, I'm not 100% sure it's a roo at this point, not that I'm any sort of expert. It would be a good guess but it's not foolproof.
     

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