Alien chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pbjmaker, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Ok I have had white earlobes, blue earlobes, and red earlobes. But this guy has NEON GREEN earlobes [​IMG] I think he was fathered by an alien chicken. Anyone else ever had a green earlobed chicken?

    BTW the picture washes out the color to more of a yellow but trust me when I say they are neon green:


  2. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    You don't live by a nuclear plant do you? LOL Never seen that before...
  3. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Waverly, NY
    He is interesting, maybe you can start your own breed out of him, plan 9 from outerspace chcicken.[​IMG] or three mile island chicken.

    Have never seen anything like that plus he has 2 little spikes for a comb.
    Hes actually pretty, ,,,strange.... but pretty.

    At first I thought he had an ear infection. But doent look like that
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2009
  4. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Some birds with both Fm(black skin) and yellow skin & the genes for white ear lobes will have their earlobes turn out neon green. I've had birds with them before and all of them also proved to be yellow skinned. Sometimes on these birds, they will have either green or barely greenish legs too but not always. For an example of earlobes turned yellow by yellow skin, check out white leghorns, especially pullets before they start laying.

    Your bird has the black skin, and I would guess he also has the yellow skin gene, so bingo, neon green earlobes..
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2009
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I really like his color!
  6. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:Kev you are nothing short of an genetic encyclopedia! Thanks for the explanation. He is a silkie and I think cochin cross (could be d'uccle instead of cochin) His legs are definately black/slate.

    He is the only one out of this same cross that has had the green ears though. His hatchmate is a blue silkie looking pullet with gold in her neck feathers and bright teal ears.

    Thanks again for the explanation.

    BTW: He is up for grabs(free) on CL if anyone is interested near Des Moines Iowa...
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    This is my call. I think he she is a Blue Silkie/Black Sex Link cross.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2009
  8. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2009
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2010
  9. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:Good try - he is a white showgirl, blue frizzled cochin cross. The white showgirl has shown himself to carry red, gold, and blue colors so far...
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009
  10. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Oh I'm getting way too much credit. [​IMG] I bow before the likes of Henk69, tadkerson and blackdotte as for genetic information..

    I don't know why some birds get the neon green earlobes while others don't seem to(when all of said birds have yellow skin and Fm). One hen in particular had blazing neon earlobes and her skin was very purple, easily seen due to being naked necked also. She was very weird looking..

    White/turquoise earlobes are just based on white skin. With Fm they can get colored to various shades of blue/turquoise.

    That bird has a pretty long tail, silkie and cochin cross "should" tend to have short-ish tails(maybe your silkie looking pullet is this cross?).. I would guess d'uccle based on that.

    Hippie, earlobe color has nothing to do with egg color. It is mostly coincidence though that most white earlobe lay white eggs, etc but they are not genetically linked.

    Earlobe color is due to several different genes(that is why some have barely any white, all way to extreme like white faced spanish, that white face is sort of a giant big earlobe all over its face).

    EE are a huge melting pot of everything. A lot of them do have a "usual look" but they can include crosses from other breeds, especially if bought from backyard persons. Just about the only commonly available breed with black skin are silkies.. would not be surprised if there were crosses with silkies in the EE genepool so I'd assume the black skin was from silkie somewhere in your bird's past. White earlobes could be from silkie, but very many other breeds have white earlobes too, so it could be from those other breeds.. It's just impossible to tell with EE from a hatchery but if you brought from a private person, chances are a "little higher" it has silkie blood in it.

    Related to that.. I also have black skinned turkens.. descended from an egg trade. I was surprised(but delighted!) at hatching those chicks. More recently, there has been a flurry of sorts with people deliberately crossing and trying to breed for birds with a particular look, plus the dark skin. I'm trying for large turkens that look like turkens exactly.. except for the black skin..

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