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Roo or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mixedflockmomma, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. mixedflockmomma

    mixedflockmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    I've gotten pretty good at sexing my birds, but a few of my younger chicks have me confused.
    I'm gonna post a side pic and a comb pic, then my guess at what it is.

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    1. Buff Brahma
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    2. Barred Rock
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    3. Buff Brahma
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    4. Mixed breed
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    5. Mixed breed
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    6. Mixed breed
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    7. Mixed breed
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old are the birds?

    Also, any idea on the ancestry of the barred/mixed breed birds? That could let us know if any sex-linkage applies.
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    X2 on your guesses for the first six so far, not sure about #7, any idea what breeds it is? Love the color on #5
     
  5. mixedflockmomma

    mixedflockmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    They are about 2months old. My birds are from a combo of: buff orpington/rir hen, buff orpington/ barred rock hen, rir hen, barred rock hen, 2 game bird hens, and a barred rock rooster.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At 2 months, I'm thinking all female. I want your hatching mojo!

    Brahmas are slow to mature, so it can be hard to tell esp this young. But, from those nice comb shots, I think I'm seeing a single row on the pea comb, which should be female. And the straight combed birds--all my males have much more comb than that at 2 months.

    Love the barred mixes! That's my favorite pattern to play with, I love how it mixes with the red birds.
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with wyandottes7
     
  9. mixedflockmomma

    mixedflockmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    The reason I think #7 is a cockerel is Cuz it looks similar in body and similar in temperament to #6. And #6 is definitely a cockerel. I got 2 more just like him. They are from a barred rock rooster, but can't figure out who the hen is. Would love a dozen more for the freezer, as they tend to be bigger than my barred rock rooster.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. mixedflockmomma

    mixedflockmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a total of 8 this age. Started with 30, lost the rest to coons. My incubator holds approximately 40 eggs, with at least 30-35 successfully hatching every time. During the spring/summer I run batches back to back. I usually end up with enough adults to put cockerels in the freezer and sell hens to pay for feed, scratch or mealworms. This past spring I started hatching out pekin ducks. I have 100% hatch rate with ducks.
     

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