Mystery Hen! What Breed Is This?

vickikentonDecember 8, 2009

I bought some pullets over the summer and have been able to figure out most of the breeds (Buff Orpington, Black Cochin, Rhode Island Red, Silver Laced Wyandote) but two hens are a mystery to me. One is all black (glossy greenish black!) with some brown feathers (less than 10% mix) on the front of her neck. She lays medium brown eggs similar to my Red (darn! I was hoping she was a Maran!). The other hen is a mix of brown/black feathers and when she bends over to peck at the ground, her "fluff" between her legs is gray, and she lays white (barely tinted) eggs. She's also a very light-weight bird, slim & more flighty than my other breeds. I have a pic I could post or email.

Vicki in Roseville, CA

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marlingardener

The glossy greenish black hen sounds like a Black Australorp, a wonderful breed! Friendly, good layers, withstand heat and cold well, and are lovely. Guess which breed we have!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 3:59PM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Yes, please post the pics! :)

Your first hen may be a Black Sex Link, see this feathersite.com page and see if she matches anyone there:

http://feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sex-links/BRKSexLink.html

Your other hen is a bit more mysterious! She might be a mix of two breeds...

So yes, pictures please! :)

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 5:37AM
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