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Are They Black Sexlinks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Blackberry18, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought these hens about five years ago (the top one is deceased). They were labeled as Black Sexlinks when I bought them, but don't seem to show the characteristic tawny feathering on the neck. Do all Black Sexlinks have that feature? Black Sexlinks don't go broody, as I read, but the picture of the bottom hen has gone broody several times (including in this picture). Also, note the dark eyes of the top hen.

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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    They don't look like Black Sex-Links to me. The first hen was probably an Australorp. The other looks like a mixed breed.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  4. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose the bottom hen could be a mix, but I don't believe the top one is a Black Australorp, she didn't look like one as a chick. Here's a picture of them when they were chicks. The other black one grew up to have checkered feathers (not like as checkered as Barred Rocks, less barring and darker) and then the others are red sexlinks.

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  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I do not think the top hen is an Australorp either. There is some coloring in the neck but not that of a sex link either. The leg color is off for an aussie as well. I am thinking she is a mixed breed. ( Sex links are a mixed breed also just a specific mix)
     
  6. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's true. Black Sex-Links are a mix between a Rhode Island Red and a Barred Rock, but I suppose that the parents of these are purely those breeds, either.
     
  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    As far as them not going broody there is always an exception to the rule. I have a Blue Andalusian that is off and on broody this year at 4 years old. Not a breed trait but there it is anyway.
     
  8. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose so. Blue Andalusians are lovely, you're lucky to have them!
     
  9. 21hens-incharge

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    She is very skittish we named her Bonnie (Bonnie blue lassie to be exact lol)

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    Only pic I have with her in it and she is hiding behind the blue wyandotte. The wyandotte is named Blue Bell but we just call her Belle.
     
  10. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adorable picture! The Andalusians have a pretty feather pattern. I presume the buff one a Buff Orpington, but what are the black and white ones? I recognize them, though can't but my finger on the breed name, are they Hamburgs?
     

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