Someone crowed! Please help identify...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sakmeht, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    I have two possible culprits. A blue orpinton hatched from an egg under a broody and one from a hatchery that I got with a few others to raise with my orpington. Mom adopted all of them, which was great. Anyway, the other one that I suspect is a roo is the black one with the big white splash wings, who's an EE. I think that my blue orpington is definitely male because he developed comb and wattles WAY ahead of anyone else and is quite red, but I'm not sure he's actually the one crowing.

    I went out this morning and played a rooster call, trying to get someone to crow for me. My blue orpinton payed attention, but my black/white EE payed hard attention and then took off running for the other end of the yard. I think I ended up scaring him. The others just looked. Anyway, here are the pics. They're not fantastic but just what I could come up with this morning. There's a group shot at the end showing their development in relation to the pullets.

    By the way, anyone know what breed the little red one is? She was supposed to be an EE, but obviously not.

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    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It sure looks like the EE has rooster tail & saddle feathers, and the reddening comb. The red looks like a RIR or production red. How old are they?
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm thinking the orp and the black and white are both roosters, pending knowing the age.

    the red hen is a generic red hatchery bird.
     
  4. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    The Black and white EE is your rooster. And how old is your Blue Orp?
     
  5. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The black and white one - is it an EE? Look at its tail feathers first - Roosters have those beautiful tails that fall over - That Rooster has feathers starting to bend down. Also look just behind his head at those long skinnier feathers that look sort of like a lions mane. those are another roo trait. Does he make funny noises when you put out treats calling the hens over and let them taste first?

    My Guess is that gorgeous Black and White one with the Black EE face.

    Caroline
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    The EE and the Orp both look like boys to me, but your pics are from pretty far away. Some close ups would help :)
     
  7. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree on the pics being a bit too distant, but the black/white one appears to be a roo. The red one could also be a New Hampshire Red. She looks similar to my NH's.
     
  8. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    the black and white- the grey one has rounded tail feathers. I love grey chickens!
     
  9. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with everyone else. I see both the thinner feathers on the neck, and near the tail (saddle) of the black and white one. He's definitely a roo.
     

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