What do I have?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by senorschmidt, May 11, 2009.

  1. senorschmidt

    senorschmidt Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2009
    I am not sure on the breeds of my chickens. I got them from a gal who ordered several hundred by mail and was getting rid of them. She said there were red leghorns, barred rock and speckled sussex. I don't think she was right. Also, can you tell if any of them are roosters? I keep hearing a few of them crow in the morning and I can't tell which ones are doing it. They never crow when you are looking. They are 9 weeks old.






    Ps thanks for the patience with another newbie.
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    #1 is a light brahma cockerel

    #2 is a RIR cockerel

    #3 is another RIR; pullet, I think

    #4 is possibly a cockerel--don't know breed or variety. CHeck hackle and saddle featehrs for pointed versus rounded ends (actually do this for all). Pointed ends are males; rounded ends are females (except for a very few breeds, none of which I see.)

    #5 & #6 are australorp pullets;

    #7 appears to have a pea comb
  3. senorschmidt

    senorschmidt Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2009
    Quote:Thanks for your help. Now, if you could spell things out for this ignorant newbie, peacomb is for a pullet or cockerel? Also, saddle feathers and hackle feathers are? Are there any diagrams around?
    Thanks again.
  4. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    #1 - light brahma (if it has feathers on its legs) cockerel
    #2 - RIR cockerel
    #3 - RIR (front bird is cockerel, red one behind it is a pullet)
    #4 - cockerel - has a pea comb - not sure of breed
    #5 - black australorp? cockerel - large wattles for 9 weeks
    #6 - black australorp - probably cockerel, but can't see the wattles
    #7 - black australorp - pullet

    A pea comb is just one of many different types of combs - different breeds of chickens have different types of combs. Rhode island reds & australorps have straight/single combs, light brahmas have pea combs (these are not the only 2 types of combs out there).

    I don't think you'll see pointed saddle feathers or hackle feathers at only 9 weeks of age, but I could be wrong. The hackle feathers are around the neck and the saddle feathers are down by the tail - maybe someone else can post a photo of their rooster for illustration.
  5. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    #4 looks like a mix of RIR and Aust to me. Really pretty coloring.
  6. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I agree- your friend must have got the heavy "Brown egg layer" special. I just crossed my RIR with my Black Australorp- hope the chicks are as pretty as your #4! They're all great breeds.
  7. senorschmidt

    senorschmidt Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2009
    #7 just started crowing this morning!
    Thanks for the help.
  8. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    1. not a brahma, it's an EE cockerel.
    2. RIR cockerel
    3. RIR cockerel
    4. EE cockerel
    5. BA cockerel
    6. BA cockerel
    7. BA if it has a single comb, EE if it has a pea comb, cockerel

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