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Please help identify breed

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chinacatrider, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. chinacatrider

    chinacatrider New Egg

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    Hello, My wife and I have a small hotel and farm in Bocas del Toro, Panama. I recently purchased 200 "layers." In the past when we've done this they've all been Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets. This time we were given 3 different breeds. After dealing with a Coccidiosis outbreak we were left with about 140 hens and 7 roosters. One of the breeds looks like Rhode Island Red hybrids and the other like a Plymouth Rock, although I'm not sure how to differentiate them from Dominiques. I'll post pictures of them too a bit later, but I'm very curious about the 3rd breed that I can't seem to identify. I'll post pictures of the rooster and what I think is the corresponding hen breed. You'll see lots of other chickens in the background. Some are part of the new batch that were born around September 1st and some are part of our older girls who are around 5 years old now, although we still get about 20 eggs per day from 30 girls.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Henry
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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Sorry about your issue with Coccidiosis. Where did you buy them from? The difference between Barred Plymouth Rocks and Dominiques is their combs, BRs have single combs and Dominiques have rosecombs.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They look like Dixie Rainbows, Pioneers, something like that. Not a layer so much, kind of surprised you got them as such. They're more slow growing meat birds.
     
  4. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

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    X2. Look like Dixie Rainbows to me too. Though I can see quite a variety of birds in there, so they might not all be Dixie Rainbows.
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    That was the name! Also is it just me or does it look like there may be a few Red Rangers?
     
  6. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

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    Does look like some Red Rangers in there too. But I think (not positive) that Red Rangers can have barred genes, so the colorful barred birds may be Red Rangers too.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with donrae
     
  8. chinacatrider

    chinacatrider New Egg

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    Thank you everyone for your very informative replies. I've posted more pictures below with numbers for easy identification. There are 4 distinct breeds in the group.

    To answer ChickenGirl1's question. We purchased them from a hardware store here in Bocas del Toro. It's a remote place and large numbers of chickens, especially layers, can be hard to come by. There is a national chicken company that sells both layers and broilers but they stopped delivering to the island a few years ago so it's become more of a problem. Chickens here are always sold as new borns and because of the climate here it can be hard to transport them long distances.

    Yes it seems that the vendor wasn't being entirely truthful. Whether he knew or he was mislead by the breeder, I have no way of knowing.

    I would be very grateful for the answer to the following questions:

    1. What do you think are the 4 breeds we've got? (thanks for identifying the Dixie Rainbows). Breed number 5 is the original girls that are around 5 years old now.
    2. Our main purpose is to keep them for eggs. Is this still a good idea considering that they are not strictly laying breeds. Or are some of them still good for laying?

    We do have a hotel and are also able to use the meat birds in the restaurant.

    Thank you in advance for your kind help and you are all welcome to visit us anytime.

    Take care,
    Henry
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    1 DR cockerel and pullet
    2 Naked neck, I think pullet
    3 DR pullet
    4 barred Rock, or maybe sex link. looks like a cockerel
    4b is a pullet, different bird than 4a. Mixed breed, again probably a Rainbow or some other type of slow/grey broiler.
    5 maybe a sex link.

    DR--Dixie Rainbow. They can vary quite a bit in color, so can look like pretty much anything.

    Some folks here have held over the pullets for egg layers and been pretty happy with them. They're not going to be as productive and cost effective as a pure egg laying breed, they're going to eat more and give you fewer eggs.
     
  10. chinacatrider

    chinacatrider New Egg

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    Dear Donrae,
    Thank you very much for your reply. I'm very grateful.

    Take care,
    Henry
     

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