Week 2 of chicken adventure....WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY?

Kiwiheather

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 20, 2011
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Hi I rescued these babies two weeks ago, and I have NO experience whatsoever! I am dying to know what they are! They are growing so fast and developing quite the personalities! Please, BYC Peeps, give me your best guess~~~~breed? Age? Gender? Anyone?










THANK YOU FOR LOOKING and any insight!!!!
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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I wish the pics were bigger but I'm going to guess at cochins. I'm assuming the leg feathering goes all the way around the leg (cochin) and is not just on the outside (brahma, cuz they don't look like baby brahmas to me). Sorry I can't guess at what color by those pics. I can take a shot and say you have one pullet (hen) and one cockerel (roo). Do they have single combs (cochin) or combs that at that age would look like a row of peas (brahma)?
 
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gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
P.S. IMO, you want to get them off of that wire asap and onto some shavings. Wire flooring is said to be detrimental to feather footed and/or heavy breeds; plus they like to dustbathe and you can't dusbathe on wire.
 
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Kiwiheather

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 20, 2011
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Quote:Thanks so much, they have a single comb with feathers all around. I am hoping it's at least one hen! The current pen they are in is an old rabbit hutch with 1/2 wood and 1/2 wire. I have hay and shredded paper in the wood covered part. It is only temporary until I can build a proper coop out side within the next few weeks
. I looked at the Cochin pics and its hard to believe they will grow into that! Lol. Also, they are tan and black, do they change colors when they get older? I didn't see any light tan ones in the photos of adults. Thank you for the help and advice!
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
253
421
SW Arkansas
Quote:Thanks so much, they have a single comb with feathers all around. I am hoping it's at least one hen! The current pen they are in is an old rabbit hutch with 1/2 wood and 1/2 wire. I have hay and shredded paper in the wood covered part. It is only temporary until I can build a proper coop out side within the next few weeks
. I looked at the Cochin pics and its hard to believe they will grow into that! Lol. Also, they are tan and black, do they change colors when they get older? I didn't see any light tan ones in the photos of adults. Thank you for the help and advice!

You'll find some more cochin pics here:

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGA/Cochins/BRKCochinStd.html

They come in a good variety of colors and you can get chicks from a mixed breeding of those colors. I have some bantam cochin eggs in the incubator and under a broody hen right now, silver laced and mille fleur cochins (the bantam cochins are called pekins in some countries). It's really hard to tell color on yours.

I only say one cockerel and one pullet because in the pics one's comb looks much larger and pinker than the other. Also the stance of the dark bird looks roo-ish.
 

akcountrygrrl

Songster
9 Years
Apr 3, 2010
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It's hard to tell from the pics. It looks like you posted them as thumbnails rather than images. It also helps to resize the photo for message boards. They could be Cochins or, if they are bantams, they could be D'Uccles. Larger pics would help with that determination.
 

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