Can anyone tell me what Silva is?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PerfectPlumage, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't figure out what my only black pullet, Silva, is. I kept thinking she's one breed then realizing she looks more like another. I have figured out what all my other's are, but not her. All the other black chicks I had died of Mereks, she's the only survivor. She has a very small single comb. Her comb is peach and black in color, just saying so because you can't see her comb very well in the pic.[​IMG]
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    She looks like either an Australorp or a black Jersey Giant, depending on the color of the bottoms of her feet. Australorps have white/grey skin on the bottoms of their feet. Giants have yellow.
     
  3. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, I will go check. Thanks!
     
  4. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    I checked, I think she's a jersey giant.
     
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Don't let the name 'Giant' scare you. Hatchery sourced Giants do not get huge. Mine is one of the smallest hens in my flock.
     
  6. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, I know, I love big, black critters. I have a big black dog, three big black pigs, a big black turkey, now a big black chicken.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Lots of people get a bit freaked out by the "Giant' part, because they thought they had Australorps. Then you tell them that they instead have Jersey Giants, and they get worried that the hens are going to be too big to be good layers and that they will eat too much. It's seems like there always ends up being a follow up post explaining that they won't be huge, they won't eat any more than the other birds, and they will still lay lots, and lots of big brown eggs.
    Mine happens to be a pretty petite girl at about 5 pounds. She is a very dedicated broody while sitting, but a very inattentive mom once the chicks hatch.
     
  8. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, thanks.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It appears to me that your pullet may have some brown feathering on her back. Am I really seeing it or is it just an optical illusion caused by the light (or by my imagination)? :eek:)
     
  10. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Must be the lighting, she's all black with a purple and green shine.
     

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