Farming forum: Chick identification?

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Mar 8, 2012 8:29 PM CST
I picked up 3 little chicks (guesstimate about 3 weeks old?) today off of Craigslist. Mom is going to be out of town, dad had no interest in taking care of them/cleaning them, kids are too little. They didn't remember what kind of chicks these were other than eggers rather than meat birds and they're not bantams. They're supposed to lay brown eggs.
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There's 2 different kinds. Two are the brown speckled ones, 1 is the buff colored. Any ideas?
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 8, 2012 9:57 PM CST
I might be able to hazard a guess when they are older. There are several breeds of buff colored chickens that lay brown eggs and lots of brown speckled ones too. Keep posting pictures as they feather out.

I like the chick portrait in the first shot!
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Mar 8, 2012 11:20 PM CST
Is that a little boy? I saw that the comb was kind of pronounced on the two brown speckled babies, but not as much on the the solid buff baby.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 9, 2012 5:04 AM CST
I agree with porkpal, they're too small to guess their breed, and then they may be cross bred. Some of my cross breds are really neat, and often lay well, as they have hybrid vigor. Usually, the comb begins to develop earlier on the roosters.
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Mar 9, 2012 9:18 AM CST
I guess I'll just have to go over there & look at what they have (the feed store the people had bought them from). Why would they buy straight runs for eggers? Odd..
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 9, 2012 12:10 PM CST
'cause they're cheaper. And sexing chicks is a skill that few people master.

Let us know what the breed options are.
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Skiekitty
Mar 9, 2012 12:48 PM CST
actually, s/r & pullets are the same price at most feed stores I've found. I'll head there this afternoon & see what they got. Tomorrow's uberbusy & they're closed on Sundays.

EDIT: Ok, went to the feed store. The two mottled ones are "New Hampshires" and the one that's mostly all yellow is a "Buff Orpington". They were $3.50 / ea

New Hampshire: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_(chicken)
Buff Orpington: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/buff-orpingtons-chicken-br...

Looks like they're all pullets. The New Hampshires will start producing eggs at like 5-6 months and the buff is either an egger or a meat bird. Smiling Only problem is that I don't eat that many eggs and DH doesn't eat eggs at all. Maybe I can give 'em to family like once a week? At least I know that they're 100% organic!
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