Rocks...right?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mississippi66, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Mississippi66

    Mississippi66 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK I'm a complete newbie at raising chickens so i took a guy with me that claimed to know tons about chickens. We went to a local trade show looking for White Leghorns. While at the show it became obvious there were more chickens then you could stuff in a Walmart building for sale but we were having a hard time finding any white chickens. Till we find this one guy selling 3 Leghorns for $12 a piece. Two hens and a Roo. You had to buy the Roo to get the hens.Well i was looking for at least 4 hens and did not want a roo so we moved on. Then there they were. A small pen stuffed full of white chickens. The guy with me says thats what you want. "Dem is sum big leggerns" So i start to deal with the guy selling them. He lets me have the 5 birds and cage for $9 a piece.

    I get home and pull them from the cage and with in 30 seconds its becomes obvious one of them is a Roo. He starts crowing and mounting any hen he can case down [​IMG]. Then i notice one of the hens has green legs. And under closer inspection you can see a tuff of light brown feathers under her neck. It took a bit to notice the color change because it was muddy at the trade show so all the birds had a few mud spots on them. Now i got a Roo i don't want,a mix breed and 3 leghorns....i thought. I give the Roo to my uncle.

    There was a single brown egg in the cage i got them in but it could have come from the mix i thought. So i get on the net and start looking really close at Leghorns and notice they really don't look like mine. I think mine are White Plymouth Rocks. I have not gotten an egg yet so i really don't know for sure. If they are rocks it's obvious one of the hens is bigger then the others. Are the smaller birds juveniles?
    Heres some pics.


    What i got? Rocks i think

    This is the big hen( Big Mama)
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    Here you can see the two smaller ones with the bigger one. ( not named yet)
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    Here is the mix( Stinky). She actually looks more like a leghorn to me then the others but its obvious she is mixed with something else. She is the wifes favorite but the other birds pick on here pretty bad.

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  2. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the first three do look like white rocks, though the pinkish legs on Big Mama throw me off, I would guess that they are hatchery quality rocks. Stinky looks like she could be part leghorn, maybe part EE. I have a little EE and she is the one the other girls pick on- makes me sad but I don't know how to make them stop.
     
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  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    My best guess would be white rocks and a couple of the bottom pictures are crosses. Where are you located, I'll see if I know anyone in your area with leghorns.
     
  4. Mississippi66

    Mississippi66 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm just south west of Tupelo on the Lee/Pontotoc line. I bought the chickens at ( First Monday) Ripley

    There is large Amish community not to far from me. Been thinking of riding out there and seeing what they have.
     
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Quote:Cool! Another neighbor. I'm up near Corinth. Let me ask around, I know a guy in Pontotoc that had both white and exchecker leghorns at one time. I'll se if I can find out for you.
     
  6. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like Big Mama might have a bad case of scaley leg mites... [​IMG]

    But her name sure fits [​IMG]
     
  7. Mississippi66

    Mississippi66 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks mississippifarmboy.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:The legs were the first thing I noticed, too. There are several approaches to treatment, do a search for scaly(scaley) leg mites to find a treatment that works for you. You didn't get Leghorns, but they are nice birds.

    Oh, and be very careful of MS. Farm Boy, he is a very dangerously funny guy! [​IMG]
     
  9. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    Quote:x2

    To the OP, do you know how to treat scaly leg mites?

    Big mama is a white rock.

    Stinky looks like an EE with Leghorn in her.

    The other photos I can't view.
     
  10. Mississippi66

    Mississippi66 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Her legs are yellow but they have a dry white crusty look to them. Is that mites? Don't seam to bother her any that I've noticed.
     

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