Time for a bit of chicken identifying ??

AuburnChickenNewbies

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About 3 weeks ago I managed to bring home a couple of bantams to add to our flock. I "thought" they were both cochins? but now I'm absolutely not sure, so I'm hoping the chicken experts at BYC can identify them for me. The rest of the group is now about 8 weeks old and these two little one aren't too far behind; maybe they're around 6-7 weeks or so. I'm wondering if I should try to find another couple of these (whatever they are) as the little fuzzy one seems to off by itself quite a bit. Do singles get lonely or picked on more? The other bantam (the reddish one), seems to just follow the rooster'y one around all the time and doesn't seem lonely at all.

Also, I'm pretty sure that one of our Ameracaunas is a roo. This one's been kinda roosterish from the get go and is sure herding everyone else around now. I've posted a pic of this one too, just for confirmation? Haven't quite figured out whether we should keep him or no. Luckily there are no rules about roosters where we live, but I don't know behavior-wise if it's good to keep him?

So ... these first two photos are of the little bantam that's kinda silkie looking? Mostly a mottled buff color with a topknot and some dark markings on the wings:





And this is the other bantam; she/he has a few feathers on its lower legs but not too many:



And this is the one that sure looks like a rooster to me:



What do you think?
 
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tinychicky

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1. buff silkie (possibly roo)
2. red cochin (cross ?) feathers look a little rooish, but it might be the pic
3. EE looks like a hen to me, they have longish tails
 

AuburnChickenNewbies

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Quote:Ho boy ... just what I need. More roo's ............


The #3 is supposed to be an Ameracauna. I have two of them and this one is considerably bigger and more "in your face" than the other one. Maybe they are EE'ers! (That'd be fun!)
 

AuburnChickenNewbies

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Quote:Okay! I'm off to see if I can find some pictures! I was heading for "silkie" on this one, but I have no ideas about these things. Do I need to get another one to keep this one happy? And maybe for the red cochin as well?
 

Pele

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I agree with the others, the first is definitely a buff silkie - these are almost impossible to sex until they lay/crow

The second is a Cochin cross of some sort, I suspect with RIR. Pure Cochins are fluffy as all get-out, and round in shape. The good news is that it's a pullet.

The third is definitely an EE, and has hen coloring. Usually by 6 to 7 weeks the roos start showing big combs too.
 

AuburnChickenNewbies

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Quote:This is GREAT help. Thank you!!


I looked up EE'ers and yep, that's what they look like. The one is still so much bigger and more aggressive than the other ... and all of the others too for that matter, but I don't see much of a comb on either one of them yet, so finger's crossed they're both hens.

Still hoping someone can tell me whether we need to fill out the pairs of the two bantams?
 

Noobchick

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Granted my Ameracaunas are only two weeks old, but one is the bossiest little thing. I dont know if she'll grow out of it- I'm thinking not. She's kind of high strung and doesnt like to be held no matter how often I try to hold her or what treats I offer. So apparently some EE's can just have that kind of personality. Doesnt look like a roo bc I see only one comb coming out but Im not a chciken expert by far so who knows?
 

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