"What breeds are my cockerels?" said the noob.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by stinkysneakers, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. stinkysneakers

    stinkysneakers Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2014
    I did My first ever hatch back in August of a wacky assortment of eggs and now that the guys and gals are becoming obvious, it's time to rehome some cockerels before the drama starts. I'm new to the chicken game, so I need your help to figure what breeds these handsome young gents are!


    [​IMG] Here's lucky contestant number one, aka, "Jonathan." This early bloomer is a friendly and clever charmer, crowing at barely two months! He sports a large brilliant red single comb, bright yellow legs, and glossy feathers in iridescent greenish purplish black, dark red, rust, and fiery orange. At hatch he looked like a chipmunk, dark red with two cream stripes running from beak to tail.

    Meet man number two, aka, "Gabe." Gabe is a charming, treat-loving mystery bird, possibly a mix of two or more breeds. He is pumpkin pie orange all over with darker red, shiny hackle, saddle, and wing feathers. He wears a triple row pea comb and modest wattles well. And he shows off his golden yellow legs and glossy greenish-blackish tail with a proud strut whenever he gets the chance, whether anyone is looking or not!

    Cockerel number three -- "Justin" -- is a bit camera shy... Make that a bit shy in general. His coloration patterns remind me of a Delaware hen, Ethyl, I had once, may she rest in peace. He has a small pink single comb, and small pink wattles to match, plus petite yellow feet. He hatched very small and has stayed small compared to the others, once acting as landlord and mentor to a fresh batch of banties half his age but the same size. Justin has been slow to mature, growing pointy cream hackle feathers and just starting some greenish-blackish tail feathers recently (much later than his peers hatched at the same time). He is the only black and white bird I have. Based on his personality, I'm thinking maybe some sort of game fowl? Please excuse my pathetic attempts to get some tail shots; he does NOT like being singled out.


    [​IMG] I caught our fourth and final fella taking a dust bath. "Hey, can I get some privacy here, lady?!" "John" is participating proudly in No Shave November, wearing a fluffy beard. John has a single comb (Or is that a pea comb with only one row of peas? Hard to tell.) and yellow legs. He comes to your screens in a variety of earth tones (red, rust, orange, browns, blacks, golds, creams, and tans). He has gotten more as more handsome lately with sharp black hackle feathers, a gold laced looking black tail, and red saddle feathers just popping up.

    So what do you veteran chicken parents think? This was my first ever hatch and I'm eager to know what I got! And I'm hoping wherever they roam, these gents will make good roos for flocks of happy hens.
  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Assuming your eggs you hatched were pure and not really having a list to narrow things down from here are my best guesses
    #1 Welsummer
    #2 Rose comb RIR
    #3 Delaware
    #4 Easter Egger (EE)
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    1=Welsummer cock
    2=Mix breed cock
    3=Delaware cock
    4=EE cock
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
  5. Oscarsgravett

    Oscarsgravett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2014
    East Sussex , England

    1st= welsummer cockerel

    2nd= not sure looks like a mixed breed

    3rd= agreed a delawere

    4th= could be an easter egger but i think it might be a gold or wheaten araucana cockerel.

    Other than the fourth i agree with everyone else :)
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I also agree.
  7. stinkysneakers

    stinkysneakers Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2014
    Thank you so much everyone! I'd been poring through the breeds section trying to match pictures, but this answered my questions perfectly!
  8. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    also, no. 2 could be an beardless EE, and no. 3 could be a redstar rooster.

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