What breed are these chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sire12, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Sire12

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    I think they're about 3 weeks old they came from a company that sells birds for meat but I'm planning on keeping them for laying, could they be buff orpingtons? or is it too early to tell
     

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  2. featheredplanets

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    It is too early to tell, they could be Plymouth Rocks or Leghorns. They’re not Orpingtons. But if they came from a company that sells meat birds then they are likely a fast growing hybrid, like Cornish X. However, they don’t tend to live very long and I don’t think they’re good layers. Someone who knows more about meat birds can probably identify if they are indeed just that.
     
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  3. Acre4Me

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    For 3 weeks old, they don’t look like Cornish x. But, taking pics under regular light (not red) will help. Additionally take a pic of them standing from the side (can see body shape and leg color and feather pattern better). Might still be too young for definitive answers, but can certainly be narrowed down for you.
     
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  4. ZoomuKeeper

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    Any bird that is raised for meat production is called a Broiler. I hate that name and they do lay eggs. They are normally great layers. broiler were a white Cornish crossed with a white Plymouth Rock. That's why you often see white broilers called Cornish X or Cornish/Rock Cross.
     
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  6. Sire12

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    Ok thanks for the replies I'm feeding them chick crumb I checked with the man I got them from he doesn't know the breed but said that they were broiler chicks and that they are actually 2 weeks old, here are more pics the bottom one has a coke can beside them for scale they seem quite big for 2 weeks old
     

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    Ok I added some more pics just now
     
  8. ZoomuKeeper

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    2 day old buff brahma
     

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    Pretty babies
     
  10. Acre4Me

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    growth hormones? A Cornish cross gets big fast without hormones. Hormones are expensive, feed is comparatively cheap. A Cornish x is bred to grow fast on their feed.

    I bought meat chickens in August. The day they turned 8 weeks we processed them. They only ate grower feed, nothing else in that time. No hormones in the feed, just regular ‘ole grower feed. Here they are just after being rinsed off after processing.
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    Here they are as day olds:
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    They grow A LOT on just grower feed.
     

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