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I have a flock of all cinnamon queen chickens which lay a medium color brown egg... I just added 3 new hens... all of which are solid black.. let me start off by saying the lady I got them from said they were black Marans... hmmm well the evidence says otherwise... .. Chicken #1 is a large solid black hen with green/purple sheen in the sun... ( I believe she is a Australorp)  Chicken # 2 is also solid black(with purply sheen) with copper in her feathers around her head and Chicken #3 looks just like #2 only she has feathered feet.  #2 and # 3 are 3/4 the size of chicken #1.. ... but I got eggs from two of them yesterday and to my surprise someone laid a white/cream egg... I think the light brown is from the Australorp (chicken#1)... but white.and its much smaller... one of the little ones has to be a mut to make a white egg....??  Chicken #3 also looks to have some bleaching on her face (maybe she is laying the little white egg? and she has some black spots on her wattles not sure what that is?)

 

Chicken #1

 

 

Chicken #2

 

Chicken #3 

 

 

 

Here are the eggs... there is my cinnamon queen and 2 others in question... which means one of the new girls is not laying yet. 

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post #2 of 9

1 looks like an austrolorp, but could be a marans because she does at least have the single comb

2 and 3 could be a mix of a big chicken and a smaller chicken, I don't know any breeds that have that comb with those feathers, 2 has a rose comb and I can't quite tell what 3 has. as for her saying they were marans they could be some very poorly bred birds, not all black marans lay that nice dark egg, but I don't think that the other two have a possibility of being marans unless 3 has a single comb, that still leaves 2 questionable

post #3 of 9

They look like mixed breeds to me. The first one has yellow skin, so that rules out Australorp. The second look like she's got a rose comb, might have some Wyandotte in her. And the third with feathered legs looks to have a funky pea comb, she might be a Marans/Easter Egger mix.

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

They look like mixed breeds to me. The first one has yellow skin, so that rules out Australorp. The second look like she's got a rose comb, might have some Wyandotte in her. And the third with feathered legs looks to have a funky pea comb, she might be a Marans/Easter Egger mix.


A mixed breed chicken is an EE right? so there is no breed standard because of that, but why do you say marans EE mix? Not trying to start a fight just trying to understand it.:)

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Junebuggena, well you might be right on #3... she has the feathered feet of the Maran, but the comb is weird... and if she IS the one laying the little cream colored egg, then she could very well be crossed with an EE to get that cream color.

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A mixed breed chicken is an EE right? so there is no breed standard because of that, but why do you say marans EE mix? Not trying to start a fight just trying to understand it.:)

Not all Easter Eggers are 'mixed breeds'. Hatchery Easter Eggers, that are usually sold as 'Ameraucana', are more of a landrace-type chicken, kind of like Swedish Flowers. Landraces are a 'type' but not a recognized breed. Hatchery Easter Eggers are basically the original imported type of blue/green layers from South America. The breeds Araucana and Ameraucana were derived from those birds, and refined into a proper breed with a specific set of traits. The hatchery stock was not bred toward any sort of goal or standard other than colorful eggs. There is a consistent look to the hatchery birds, but they are still too random to ever be considered a breed.

The majority of Easter Eggers are from hatcheries, and while they may have had other things bred into their ancestry, it's several generations back.

True Ameraucana or Legbar derived Easter Egger mixed breeds are not commonplace.

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What age would you think these hens are?? are the two small girls, young or do they look older?  who ever is laying the little cream egg, lays every day... so I guess my question is will the eggs get bigger, or is this what I can expect them to stay at? 

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What age would you think these hens are?? are the two small girls, young or do they look older?  who ever is laying the little cream egg, lays every day... so I guess my question is will the eggs get bigger, or is this what I can expect them to stay at? 

They look mature (over 6 months old). If they are fairly new to laying, their eggs may get a bit bigger in the next month or so. The eggs will also get bigger after each annual molt. But the eggs may never be quite as large as the red sexlink's eggs.

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agree

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