What are these?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenfarmer2, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. chickenfarmer2

    chickenfarmer2 Hatching

    May 29, 2016
    Does anybody know what these are what they are worth? Any information is appreciated. Thank you.[​IMG][/IMG].

  2. chickenfarmer2

    chickenfarmer2 Hatching

    May 29, 2016
    This is the hen [​IMG]
  3. FFFAviaries

    FFFAviaries In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2016
    Both appear to be barnyard mixes. My best guess would be a Blue Andalusian mixed with a Plymouth Barred Rock. In terms of worth, that depends on your location and the chicken economy in your area. I breed mostly exhibition poultry, but do every now and then end up getting some feedstore chicks (they give them to me when they become too much work or are not selling) and I raise them up and sell them to people that don't want to raise chicks but want started pullets and cockerels.

    A barnyard hen, if laying, usually is $20 at my house. I usually sell started cockerels for $15 each, but it depends. One year I ended up with about 20 cockerels from a feedstore, most of which were just nasty and rude, so I was selling them for $5 for people that wanted to process them. But again, if you have a friendly cockerel that you like and are attached to--maybe stick to $15 or $20 to assure he is going somewhere that is keeping him as a pet and not food. It all kind of depends.
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    Depends on location. Around here they'd be worth about $5 each.
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    I agree, it depends on location. Around here you can't even give cockerels/roosters away. Any cull males here go to my freezer. Young LF layers may go for $10-15. Bantam layers could go for $5 on a good day.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    people here wouldn't give a dollar for mixed breeds unless someone suckered them into believing it was a real breed. But, they are just plain cheap - even with actual breeds . They wait hoping someone will get desperate and just give them away. Then they show up to take them "off your hands."
    These are usually the people who will just feed them corn and let them hunt for bugs.. they can't be bothered with worms, mites, predators - too bad.
  7. FFFAviaries

    FFFAviaries In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2016
    Some people don't mind mixed breeds if they just want to have a few laying hens around. But @drumstick diva is right, there are a lot of people that actively avoid them. It really does depend on your area. And I, too, have experienced lots of cheap people that don't want to pay anything (and, personally, they tend not always to be good homes and you might want to avoid that route).

    But, I would say if you go to sell them, definitely market them as barnyard mixes. I judge a lot of 4-H shows throughout Arizona (and am working on getting my APA judging license) and one of the things that really bothers me is when kids have been marketed birds that are clearly mixes, and the seller marketed them as wonderful purebreds. That drives me crazy. It is always better to market birds as what they are so that people know.

  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Agree they look like barnyard mix. I could see some CCL blood possibly, does the hen lay a colored egg? If so, that can boost her value. If she lays a colored egg I'd ask $25 for the pair. If not, I'd ask $20 and feel blessed if the buyers agreed to take the rooster.

    It just shows for different areas....here I have no problem selling my barnyard mix birds, especially if they're laying.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016

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