Black skin, not a silkie!! What is she??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MTN Hens, May 11, 2016.

  1. MTN Hens

    MTN Hens Just Hatched

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    After months, even years of discussion, my boyfriend & I finally brought home a bundle of joy in the form of 6 baby chicks! 3 of which are sexed pullets (I'm assuming buff orpington based on their feather colors) 1 white silkie bantam (who I've decided is a pullet) & 2 black "silkie bantams." However, after two weeks of intense observation I've decided there's no way these black birds are silkies. One of them doesn't even have black skin! I though maybe I got some austrolorps & was happy with that, but one of them does have black skin! As far as I know, the only readily available birds with black skin are silkies. So... any thoughts? Here are the babes:
    [​IMG] this is Sunny, my real silkie.
    [​IMG] This babe is nameless because I was afraid she could be a cockerel. She has some reddish/purple sheen to her feathers in the sun.
    [​IMG] This is the bird in question. Black skin, smaller than her black counterpart (but bigger than Sunny) but no leg feathers & her feathers aren't crimpy like Sunny. [​IMG]
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    Thanks everyone!! Even if I don't know what kind they are, it's fun to guess. What really matters is that they are happy, healthy chicks! <3
     
  2. wyatt015

    wyatt015 Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont know but are all very very pretty
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    very hard to tell, if they are from a hatchery - the quality is usually very poor - or they may be mixed silkies.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The chick with white one the neck and belly could either be an Australorp or a Jersey Giant. For the other black chick, check the bottoms of the feet. If they are any color other than black, it does not have black skin, just a case of 'gypsy' face, that is caused by other melanizer genes. Can't see the comb properly, but possibilities are Sumatra or Black sexlink.
     
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  5. MTN Hens

    MTN Hens Just Hatched

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    Bottoms of her feet and tiny comb are both black. I was thinking austrolorp for the black & white because she's definitely got some weight to her! Thanks!
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Picture of the 'tiny' comb and bottoms of the feet?
     
  7. MTN Hens

    MTN Hens Just Hatched

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  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Probably a little Sumatra. They are really gorgeous birds.
     
  9. MTN Hens

    MTN Hens Just Hatched

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    Thanks! Regardless of what any of them are, they're all so pretty! Time will tell for sure what breed/ gender but for now we're loving taking care of the babies :)
     

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