Ruby growing & changing. What breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Nugget, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ruby was sold to me as a day old BO. I have since learned (s)he looks very little like a BO chick. Now almost 1 month old I find (s)he's changing daily! The first few of the flight feathers are bright white on each wing. This could be a cross breed for all I know, and the farmer raised many breeds. I thought I'd post and see if there are more ideas out there of what (s)he may grow into. Some of the previous ideas were RIR or spangled sussex crosses, but that was before so much white was coming in

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Weeeelllll, it's a boy. Looks like perhaps a Speckled Sussex crossed with something else; could be Buff Orp.
     
  3. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Cynthia! I wanted to ask as well, when people talk about the neck feathering being different between hens and roos, I am not sure what to look for. I have an adult SLW hen, her neck feathers come to points. I have a 2 month old GLW rooster (mounting the other chicks) and his neck feathers are squared off at the tips... is that what we look for?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The GLW boy is not quite old enough to tell yet. The neck hackles or the "cape" sort of is made up of stringy looking feathers. On some breeds, even in the hens, those feathers appear pointy like on my Brahmas and on my Ameraucanas, but the saddle area is more definitive in my opinion. I'll try to find a pic of one of my younger cockerels so you can see.
    Ok, here is a BR cockerel I used to own at about 14 weeks old-see the stringy feathers coming down his neck? That's what you're looking for. In the second one, he's standing weird, but you can see the saddle feathers, too.
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  5. DESI

    DESI Out Of The Brooder

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    could be an old english
     
  6. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! The pictures help a lot.
    Watching the chicks for hints of what sex they are is trying! Some days they all look like males!
     

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