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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Jun 15, 2008.
Last year I adopted 5 hens and a roo but have no idea what they are. Hopefully someone will! Thanks!
They are Dutch bantams. Looks like the Roo may be mixed. Roo color is Black Breasted Red. The Hens are Light Brown, Blue Light Brown, and Maybe a Blue Cream light brown.
They are indeed Dutch bantams, although hatchery Dutch. The hatchery Dutch are usually crossed with OEG's to get the various color varieties they sell, as there is no such thing as a Black Breasted Red Dutch bantam. The rooster is obviously crossed with OEG, due to the red in the lobes, and lacking striping on the hackle feathers. But, he would be a Light Brown as well. The hens look pretty decent and you have Light Brown and Blue Light Brown hens.
Thank you both! There's a white one too that I didn't get in the pic. I think she's a white leghorn. They are wonderful but oh so hard to catch when they get loose! I got them from an elderly man in my town who wanted to get rid of them before winter (last year). He didn't keep them in coops; they were living in his trees and the two roosters fought constantly and neighbors were complaining. He managed to catch these 6.
. light brown maybe, but from the pics it looks like the hens have some blue in them, maybe not.
Yes - two of them are grayish/blue and brown. A friend told me I should enter the one at the fair because it's not a common color. I honestly don't know but she's pretty!
If you were to enter one, I would enter either the Light Brown hens (first choice) and the next choice would be to enter the blue one on the LEFT hand side of the second pic. The other one, while pretty blue, is not as correct in coloring. As a bit of a description on the Dutch Bantam website:
Color of Female
HEAD: Orange to golden yellow, tinged with brown.
NECK: Hackle, orange to golden yellow with blue stripe, free from shafting, extending through the middle of each feather and tapering to a point just short of lower extremity. Front of neck - light salmon.
BACK and CUSHION: Even shade of golden brown finely stippled with blue, the golden brown predominating; more importance is attached to the fineness and evenness of color and freedom from shafting than to the particular shade of color. It is important that the effect produced be that of a soft and even shade of golden brown.
TAIL: Main tail - slaty blue, two top feathers to be golden brown stippled with blue. Coverts - same as back.
WINGS: Shoulders, Fronts, Bows, and Coverts same as back. Primaries golden brown, lower webs slightly edged with slaty blue. Secondaries golden brown, outer webs finely stippled with slaty blue forming wing bay to blend with body.
BREAST: Salmon, shading to ashy gray under body.
STERN: Body golden brown, stippled with slaty blue. Stern ashy gray, tinged with brown.
LOWER THIGHS: Slaty gray tinged with salmon.
UNDERCOLOR: Light slate, all sections.