What breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Gina17, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. Gina17

    Gina17 New Egg

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    I was given 5 Star pullets, however, three have turned out to be Roos. One of the boys' color pattern isn't consistent to star or golden comet. Any guesses? Also, this has left me with four girls and three boys. Will my girls be ok?
    Thank you.

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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    As to whether four girls and three boys will be okay, that depends entirely on them and their individual characters. Being raised together vastly reduces the risk of excessive nastiness though.

    Chances are you'll have to get rid of at least one boy due to the breed type they are, they're not known for having decent amounts of retained ancestral social instincts, and behavioral/social problems and abusive, bullying natures, aggression etc are common with these types (commercial layer types).

    However they may turn out just fine, you'll just have to wait and see.

    If you like keeping roosters, always best to keep a bare minimum of two, otherwise they can rapidly become so intolerant that what would have been a small scuffle breaks out into a fatal fight when you reintroduce more males later on.

    Sex-linked traits are not 100% reliable, just so reliable most people forget there is a failure rate. If you even say the words 'sex-linked' most people take them as infallible despite there being known aberrations that defy the 'rule'. There's numerous ways to establish a sex-linked breed and sometimes what should have been male or female, according to the coloring, goes the other way instead.

    Best wishes.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    From the look of your cockerel, I'm thinking your birds are second generation sex links, which basically means they're mixed breed birds where color plays no part in gender.

    I'd get rid of two of the males, for a nicer flock for your females. Either that, or separate everyone by gender. Depends if you want to feed non-producing roosters as pets or not.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with donrae's evaluation (2nd generation sex link) and advice.
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2 on this advice.

    You don't want that many males with females, generally.
     

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