South African Koekoek

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PinkHairGirl, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. PinkHairGirl

    PinkHairGirl In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    South Africa
    The Potchefstroom Koekoek was bred from crosses between the Black Australorp and the White Leghorn and is recognised as a locally developed breed here in South Africa, I am not sure if you get them in other places?

    I got 3 chicks from a friend. I think 2 are hens and 1 roo? They are about 11 weeks

    The 2 girls?

    The roo?
  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
  3. PinkHairGirl

    PinkHairGirl In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    South Africa
    They do look quite similar. Thanks for confirming my suspicions, now I need to find a way to keep him without annoying the neighbours
  4. hedz82

    hedz82 Chirping

    Oct 25, 2012
    please tell me the roo wasn't the only one with the white spot on the head and the girls were all black?!? what did they look like as babies??
    Hedda, Cape Town
  5. Ralph Moyer

    Ralph Moyer Songster

    I noticed the cockeral has white earlobes. This is the White Leghorn trait. If the pullets have this, they would lay white eggs, not brown. But from your photo, the pullets look like their's are red; which would indicate they would lay a brown egg.
  6. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

    Aug 4, 2011
    they all have red earlobes, even the cockeral
  7. lanichicken346

    lanichicken346 In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2017
    Hi. Do you maybe have photos of them the way they look now?
  8. Cel45

    Cel45 Songster

    Oct 28, 2015
    Houston, Tx
    I was wondering how you get a barred bird from a BA and a White Leghorn, but now I know. See below...

    The Potchefstroom Koekoek is a South African breed of chicken[1] developed in the 1960s at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College in the city of Potchefstroom by Chris Marais. It was developed by cross breeding a number of other breeds like Black Australorp,[2] White Leghorn,[2] and Barred Plymouth Rock to obtain specific characteristics of each, making the resulting breed more suitable to Southern African conditions.
    The breed was intended as a dual purpose, free ranging chicken with laying capabilities as well as a large structure for meat production. Pure Koekoeks have a black-and-white barred appearance, with the chicks sexable soon after hatching due to distinct sex markings. Potchefstroom Koekoeks maintain good egg production even with poor quality or insufficient feeding.

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