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What kind of chicken are these 2 birds?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kmooney, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. kmooney

    kmooney New Egg

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    We were given these 2 birds when they were about 2 1/2 months old. They are now about 5 months old and I'm wondering what kind of bird they are and if they could possibly be cockerels. They are bigger than all the other grown hens, but are still submissive to the the older hens. Any help would be appreciated.[​IMG]
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  2. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both are male and both look like mixed breeds to me
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mixed breed roosters.
     
  4. kmooney

    kmooney New Egg

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    I was afraid of that. They have not started to crow. We have 10 hens. There are 3 that are adult, the other 7 are 15 weeks old. What will happen if we keep both roosters? Will they fight?
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree that they are both mixed breed roosters. With only 10 hens, I would get rid of one of the 2 roosters. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10 hens in this regard. If one of the roosters is more aggressive than the other one, I would get rid of the more aggressive rooster as you don't want to breed aggression into your flock.
     
  6. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They might fight, and usually the hens will get picked on with not enough hens. I would go 10 hens a rooster minimum.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    They are both mixed breed males.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Lovely mixed breed roos
     

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