Black Australorpe?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by catface, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. catface

    catface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had someone "gift" me 5 hens yesterday and they are molting so they're pretty ugly right now but 2 are supposed to be Black Australorpes. One looks like it but the other has quite a big muff like my Americaunas. Is this normal for an Australorpe or do I have something else?
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    No, Australorps definitely do not have muffs. If you can post a pic of it, we can probably identify it for you.
     
  3. catface

    catface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the best pics I could get of the "unknown" girls. The lady who gave them to me told me she ordered a "laying mix" from a hatchery and this is what she got. [​IMG]

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  4. catface

    catface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 3rd one actually has sort of blue laced feathers and the 4th ones has feathered feet.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Your ladies are Easter Eggers. Because Easter Eggers are hybrids, and not a true breed (like pure Ameraucanas), they come in an assortment of colors, and lay eggs in colors other than just blue). EEs are my granddaughter's (pictured in my avatar) favorite chickens. She loves their colored eggs.
     
  6. catface

    catface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's kinda what I thought. I've got some other EE's as well but no black ones. Unfortunately, where I live it seems everyone who has a chicken who lays blue/green eggs assumes they have Americaunas. These girls aren't laying since they're molting right now but they were free and should make a good addition to my laying flock regardless. I've got my breeding flock of English Orps and I've got my "kitchen wenches" who are mostly barnyard mutts.
    Thanks for the info!
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  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    The first three are likely Easter Eggers. However, the black one could be a true Ameraucana, depending on what color eggs she lays (if they're blue, she's an Ameraucana. if they're greenish, she's not). The fourth bird, with the feathered feet, I think is a Buff Brahma.
     
  8. catface

    catface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first 2 pics are the same bird.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  10. Michael OShay

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    The picture is rather blurry and I can't really see the feathers on the feet, but based on catface's statement that they are there, I would agree that the fourth one is likely a Buff Brahma.
     

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