Australorp?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by joymac, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH brought me this hen last night, a friend of his had quit keeping his chickens but this hen had escaped. She had been living in the woods for two months and coming to the nest box to lay. He caught her and now we have six hens. Is she an Australorp? The man said she lays brown eggs. Her legs are dark and have a smidgen of feathers on them.

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  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    She doesn't look like one. I'm not sure what she is [​IMG].
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It's not an Australorp. With those lighter colored feathers in the neck and those feathered legs, it's either a Black Copper Marans hen or a Black Copper Marans mixed hen.
     
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  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I agree. With what you describe, she could possibly be a BCM X Australorp. is that white she has on her neck, or are those feathers just wet/dirty?
     
  5. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, she's not dirty, lol! The feathers are kind of gray looking.

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  6. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Those feathers are cool, like she dripped something down her chest. Looks older.
     
  7. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered about her age too but I don't have enough experience to even guess the age of a bird! I am just amazed that a coyote or a raccoon hadn't found her while she was in the woods!
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    She's a mixed breed. Could have some birchen Marans back a bit in the gene pool, but crossing a black bird with pretty much anything but dominant white or buff will give you mostly black birds, so it's hard to tell what else could be in the ancestry.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.

    She's a pretty hen!
     

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