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post #11 of 16
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Must be the lighting, she's all black with a purple and green shine.


With that being the case, based on the yellow bottoms of her feet, I agree that she's a Black Jersey Giant. :o)

post #12 of 16
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With that being the case, based on the yellow bottoms of her feet, I agree that she's a Black Jersey Giant. :o)

Cool! Our cockerel is a silkie, maybe she might go broody when she's older, I have always wondered what a silk-giant looked like. Lol.

post #13 of 16

Silkie feathering is recessive, but the crests, and feathered legs are dominant. The black in the Jersey Giant is dominant over most colors/patterns.

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Silkie feathering is recessive, but the crests, and feathered legs are dominant. The black in the Jersey Giant is dominant over most colors/patterns.

Cool.

post #15 of 16

You;ll have to come back then and show us the results.

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post #16 of 16
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Lots of people get a bit freaked out by the "Giant' part, because they thought they had Australorps. Then you tell them that they instead have Jersey Giants, and they get worried that the hens are going to be too big to be good layers and that they will eat too much. It's seems like there always ends up being a follow up post explaining that they won't be huge, they won't eat any more than the other birds, and they will still lay lots, and lots of big brown eggs.
Mine happens to be a pretty petite girl at about 5 pounds. She is a very dedicated broody while sitting, but a very inattentive mom once the chicks hatch. 
Have a couple JG hens...one has been broody most of the summer....she hatched out five fine chicks and proceed to all but ignore them....she didn't call them to food, scratch the ground for them...she only kept them warm....she acted like they weren't there. I had a EE hen in the adjacent pen with four chicks....it was like an unintended lab experiment....Great Mom vs Rotten Mom...when I realized that the JG wasn't going to guide her chicks, I tried to slip them in with the EE hen....she wouldn't have a thing to do with them...it was pathetic to watch the JG chicks wandering about in confusion....while the EE chicks hovered around Mom as she clucked, Scratched and taught her babies to be a chicken..sad. But proof that good Mothering, helps to create a confident, well adapted chick...
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