Black Australorp or Shamo cross???

frogdogs

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I picked up a 12 week old BA pullet last week, am very confused by her behavior, the redness in her face and her tall tail. She has no wattles & not much of a comb, but is very roo-ish in behavior....Posturing, standing tall, chatty, etc. I have been told that she looks like she could be a shamo cross. What are your thoughts/opinions????? Anyone ever have a purebred BA look like this as a young pullet?? Worried she may not be cold weather hardy and how she will blend into our flock after her quarantine is over, if she is indeed a Shamo cross...
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Thanks for all opinion!!!
 

BeardedLadyFarm

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Where did you get her? What breeds to they have?

There aren't many Shamo out there, and I don't think she looks like the right shape. She just looks like an adolescent chicken that is growing tall before it fills out.

What kind of comb? It doesn't look like a straight comb, which BA's would have. Perhaps a Sumatra?
 

BeardedLadyFarm

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It could be a clean faced black Ameraucana. They do pop up every now and then. Or a BA/ Amer. Cross. I'm leaning towards boy in that case, but pea combed birds are always a challenge to sex. I see 3 distinct rows of "peas" on his comb, which often means boy.
 

frogdogs

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Apr 20, 2011
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UPDATE!

Scarlett is indeed a GIRL!! She layed her first egg for us on Friday, at 21 weeks-4 days of age. She has layed daily so far, 6 brown eggs!! Omelets for the family this weekend!
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Pele

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Feb 25, 2011
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Yes she is pretty! I agree she looks like a BA/Americauna cross.

What color eggs does she lay? Pea comb would point to blue, but BA would give brown, which would most likely result in green when combined.
 

frogdogs

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Apr 20, 2011
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Thank you everyone, she is the sweetest of my girls! She has layed a beautiful brown egg for us everyday between 8:30 and 10am so far...even in this extreme heat!
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