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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Arztwolf, Sep 6, 2015.
That looks like a pullet, not cockerel. I do have to admit it's light, but has it crowed?
I've only heard the crow twice and managed to catch it on video the second time.
Hmm. Then cutie though.
X2 on donrae's answer. The Livestock Conservancy defines a heritage chicken as follows: A heritage chicken must be from parent and grandparent stock of breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) prior to the mid-20th century; whose genetic line can be traced back multiple generations; and with traits that meet the APA Standard of Perfection guidelines for the breed. Heritage Chicken must be produced and sired by an APA Standard breed. Heritage eggs must be laid by an APA Standard breed. http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/heritage-chicken
This is a great visual example of the difference between heritage stock and hatchery quality stock.
In fairness, I will add this: with some hatchery quality breeds such as Orpingtons, Australorps, Silkies, Brahmas, Cochins, Sussex, and Faverolles, I've rarely had any aggression issues (although these hatchery quality birds will never win any poultry contests).
I guess calling hatcheries the Wal-Mart of the chicken world is a pretty accurate evaluation. This comes from someone who both buys hatchery birds and shops at Wal-Mart . You're not going to get stellar quality from either one, but for the price what you do get isn't bad and is what most of the masses want. In the case of the hatcheries, it's female birds that basically meet the standard for the breed, that are high egg producers. That's what the market demands, so that's what the hatcheries churn out. Not a thing wrong with hatchery birds overall, but they're not show quality and some have issues such as temperament.
Does anyone know what type of breed this one is?
Looks like an EE rooster.