What Breeds are these?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ILikeBirds, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. ILikeBirds

    ILikeBirds Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 11, 2014
    SW Washington
    Hello all!

    I have a couple breeds that I'm curious about. I got them from craigslist where they were advertised as mixed breeds, so I guess they could really be anything. Sorry for the blurry or bad quality photo's, any help would be appreciated!

    I'm pretty sure this first one is a red sex-link, but I wanted to verify. I didn't get this one off of craigslist, but from my brothers friend who didn't know what it was.


    This is Harriet, my RIR. But I suspect she has a little bit of something else in her. I also noticed she has white legs and not yellow like my other RIR's.

    This is Ginger, I suspect some Welsumer? Maybe?


    Ginger and Harriet, my suspected Welsumer and RIR.

    And finally, who I'm most curious about is Gretchen. She's a banty, who looks like she has some polish or Welsumer in her?

  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    First bird does look like a rsl.
    Harriet looks to me like she has some Speckled Sussex in there somewhere. They are mahogany based, like a good RIR, and the speckling is recessive, so it is easy to lose in a cross. Sussex have white legs and skin, and her body shape just looks more Sussex to me. Not sure what she could be mixed with.
    Ginger could be a hatchery Welsummer. Does she lay dark eggs?
    Gretchen is a silkie mix. Not sure what she is mixed with, those silkie characteristics often make it hard to seeing what else is in the mix. Her silkie parent could have been partridge colored. She is a cute little thing and could easily go broody on you.
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Gretchen is very likely a silky cross.
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I agree.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I agree with these guesses.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    I agree as well with donrae.
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Does Gretchen lay eggs yet?
  8. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    I agree as well.
  9. ILikeBirds

    ILikeBirds Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 11, 2014
    SW Washington
    That's shocking that Gretchen is a silkie mix! I never would have imagined, although I am fairly new to chickens. Harriet and Gretchen are my two favorites so it's cool to know where they came from.

    Ginger does lay eggs, although they are not as dark as I would think? I'll post a pic below.

    Gretchen does lay eggs.

    Gretchen's egg is on the left, and Ginger's is on the right. Gretchen's is bigger than Ginger's! Crazy huh?

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2015
  10. buddy phoenix

    buddy phoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2012
    possum snout
    See if picture posts wondering what breed this is I bought at a auction

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