Our four new chooks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by purange, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. purange

    purange Out Of The Brooder

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    Recently we got our four first chickens for our hen-house, four lovely unsexed young chickens. Its becoming a bit of a debate now in our house though the gender of these birds, so I thought I might try to settle this a little by getting some more professional opionons, as we dont really know what we are looking at.

    We were told they were a Barred Rock, a White Leghorn, a Rhode Island Red and a Shaver (All hatched 31st of July, we're not so sure if thats the case with the RIR)

    any help would be loved!


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    (Chickens are so hard to photograph, they really love the shiny lens XD)
     
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  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The RIR looks female, and so does the BR. The others are male. Is Shaver another name for Red Sexlink?

    Your RIR seems to be missing a tail. Did she have an incident?

    And your BR looks different from my BRs somehow, but i can't nail down what's different. Maybe someone else smarter than me will ring in. [​IMG]
     
  3. Cat Water

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    Quote:The eyes are huge. And pierceing. [​IMG]
     
  4. purange

    purange Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou peep!
    We were wondering where the little red's tail is too, she diddnt have a tail when we brought her home, might it be because she is quite young?
    She looked really quite plucked last week but shes fluffing out a little more now, we're hoping she grows a tail soon, as its making her look very bald [​IMG]

    I think that might be what a Shaver is, we honestly dont know either, but when I managed to find some images of Shaver hens and Roos, it doesnt look like any of them
     
  5. purange

    purange Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:The eyes are huge. And pierceing. [​IMG]

    All the better to see you with.. [​IMG]
     
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, she should definitely have a tail. Looks like all her tail feathers were plucked out at some point, probably by flock mates. She might get a fuller tail when she gets a few weeks older, and then when she molts, it should come in nice and full.

    I think your shavers are red sex links; google that one.
     
  7. purange

    purange Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Oh poor thing! Well these ones arnt picking on her at least, so a tail should appear soon [​IMG]

    Oh yep, I've just looked at those now, they look like a good match,

    thankyou so much again Peep!
     
  8. smarsh2

    smarsh2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if these 4 chickens are less than 2 and half months old, then they are all roos. this said, i would be surprised if that is how old they are.
     
  9. purange

    purange Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Sorry to pester you, but how old do you think they might be?
     
  10. smarsh2

    smarsh2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well if any of them are pullets, then they would have to be pushing egg laying age 18 plus weeks old. if they are roosters they could be 4 to 6 weeks less. it is hard to tell size in pictures, but the lack of tail in the RIR and Barred make me think they are roos at about 12 weeks. I guess the Leghorn could be about that too if a roo. they tail up quicker. the other shaver or whatever it was called, really looks more like a pullet than the others, but would have to be older than the 12 weeks. I am no expert at this, just what i thought.
     

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