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What breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jordan2003, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. jordan2003

    jordan2003 New Egg

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    Hi! I got these new chickens recently. I was told they were layers but [​IMG]was hoping someone could help me with what breed they are? also when about they would start laying eggs? They are 17 weeks old
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    Maybe White Plymouth Rocks or White Marans?
     
  3. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're quite slender, and one appears to have a floppy comb developing. My guess is white leghorn, one of the best layers you can get. [​IMG]
    Their combs are pretty red, so you could possibly be expecting eggs in the next few weeks, but don't be alarmed if they don't start laying until they're 20+ weeks old! :)
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    White Leghorns have white earlobes and theirs look like their red.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I think they're likely some hatchery cross of White Leghorn layers. Their general appearance is similar to that of Austra Whites (BA roo X WL hen) or California Whites (CG roo X WL hen) but (at least in the pic) I don't see any of the small black flecks on them that are characteristic of these crosses.
     
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  6. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see, I missed that. They are far too slender to be White Rocks, unless they've been emaciated. Plymouth Rocks are pretty heavy birds. Aren't Marans as well?
    Hatchery breeding leads to some pretty wonky genetics. Something as small as earlobe color could easily slip through in breeding when they aren't considering the SOP. I would still think leghorn or some leghorn cross
     
  7. Michael OShay

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    That's why I think maybe some type of WL crosses. These crosses, such as Austra Whites and Calfornia Whites, often have red earlobes.
     
  8. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    Very true.
     
  9. jordan2003

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    Thanks everybody for ally the help!
     

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