What bread are my chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Heather C, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Heather C

    Heather C New Egg

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    Can anyone help me figure out what bread my chickens are?

    The woman I adopted them from said that the white ones are game chickens and the ones with brown are game chickens mixed with brown chickens. Doesn't help much I know. Lol. The all white hen lays white eggs and the mixed ones lay a very light tan. It looks white until you hold it next to something that is white.
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are leghorns or mixed with leghorns.
     
  3. GaryDean26

    GaryDean26 Chicken Czar Premium Member

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    Quote: If you get an assortment of pure breeds from a breeder and have a list of the breeds they gave you then it is safe to assume they are pure breed if not...well they really probably aren't a breed at all. Most of the utility birds and hatchery birds are mixes that are created by crossing breeds but are not a breed them self. A breed is something that has been inbreed for many many generation and never breed to anything out side the family. This leads to them being able to produce only the specific traits that the breed was developed for. The Leghorn's specific traits are White Eggs, Yellow Skin, Single comb, white ear lobes, etc. Yes... the white ones lay white eggs, yes, they have a single comb, but I am not seeing white ear lobes, and the skin looks white, so these don't look like Leghorns to me. The Old English Game breed's specific traits are White Eggs, White skin, Single comb, red ear lobes. This would be closer the Game that you were told that they were, but if you don' know what they are, then then go back and ask the person you got them from because there are so many mixes out there that if you don't know for sure that they are a pure breed they most likely aren't.
     
  4. varidgerunner

    varidgerunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The egg color you describe is typical of a game egg. Looks white until you put it beside a white piece of paper, or a Leghorn egg. They look to me like Leghorn/Game mixes, I had some of those, they were some good layers and didn't need much supplemental feed. Several strains of American Game come white and some even have white earlobes, but if you get a good profile shot you can tell them apart from leghorns.
     

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