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What are our girls

Jane TurnerJane Turner Junior Member
edited February 2011 in Pure Breeds and Enthusiasts
Last autumn I got a call from my ex, to say that their neighbour had turfed out some chickens. We spent a small fortune on fencing and became overnight chicken keepers. I know enough to know that they are bantams, but that's it. So if anyone can put a name to them I'd be interested.

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Bessie is much more heavily build that the other two, which are extremely capable of flying.

A couple of videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWwt_PRWxzg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hrjdCqdGgk

Comments

  • LittlechickLittlechick Senior Member
    edited February 2011
    Jane they are beautiful. I'm not an expert but I will guess at Sebright for the brownish ones? The black one looks a bit like my new POLs. Possibly a hybrid Black Rock or something like that?
    Jules
  • Jane TurnerJane Turner Junior Member
    edited February 2011
    Thanks.... I'll pass the compliment onto them. Structurally Ethel and Dolly are dead ringers, despite the colour difference, where as Bessie is a much weightier bird. Dolly managed to fly 100ft and get 10ft off the ground when she though she was missing out on mealworms. Her steering was a bit rubbish though - she nearly took my head off.

    Both of them can fly over the 6ft fencing at will, though they seem incapably of flying back.

    Since we added ex bats to the family, Dolly, despite her lack of weight has remained top of the pecking order. Ethel is still bottom, despite a valliant attempt to stand up to the Isa Warrens, which involved jumping as high as she could.

    I should say that when they first met, the bantams just hid behind me, or ran away when the batts came to say hello.
  • edited February 2011
    Bessie looks like a Hamburg crossbred.
    Deloris. Is another x bred.
    The 3rd 1 is another Hamburg cross.

    Nice fit looking birds. All should lay white eggs.
  • battwomanbattwoman Senior Member
    edited February 2011
    i'm not sure but sebright came to my mind too for the brown ones (pretty girls) they are very good flyers too, when i got my seramas i was going to take a sebright cross but it escaped and flew to the top of a large tree! loved your vids, got distracted by cat mothering kittens!
    fi x
  • Jane TurnerJane Turner Junior Member
    edited February 2011
    Bessie looks like a Hamburg crossbred.
    Deloris. Is another x bred.
    The 3rd 1 is another Hamburg cross.

    Nice fit looking birds. All should lay white eggs.


    Dolly and Ethel lay white eggs, Bessie is off white - verging on tan, with brown spots.
  • Jane TurnerJane Turner Junior Member
    edited February 2011
    Here is my other video of them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TonoNhpUFmE
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