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Can someone tell me what breed this is?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bobbi-j, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    This bird came with my Murray McMurray Heavy Breed assortment that I got this spring. I've got the other breeds figured out, but I can't find this one in any of their pictures. Any ideas? In the top picture, she's standing next to a Barred Rock pullet. I didn't edit that out just to show the difference in feather pattern.

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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    That's a Silver Penciled Plymouth Rock. I must say I'm rather surprised by how good of quality it
    is, for a hatchery fowl. Until recently these birds were only in the hands of breeders, but this is the second time I've seen them obtained by a hatchery. Congrats, the SPPR are a truly incredible variety and my favorite type of Rock. They are quite rare. You also lucked out, that's a little pullet - something MMH's free rare extras often are not.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Oh Happy Day - great news for you.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Wow - thanks for the information! She is my favorite out of this batch - I just really like the looks of her. She wasn't my free "exotic" chick. That was a NN cockerel. I have yet to get something useful out of their "free exotic" chick. She'll be with a Buff Rock rooster at breeding time - it will be fun to see what that cross looks like.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    She'll produce non-typical red sexlinks with that boy. Only her boys will get the 'silver' base color. The pullets will be buff/golden. Varying amounts of patterning for both genders.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Good to know, thank you! Too bad the pullets won't get the silver color - I plan on eating the extra boys... This is my first foray into intentional breeding. Nothing formal, just playing around to see if I can get a little meatier birds from my own flock. I've been raising and processing long enough to know not to expect anything like a Cornish x, but a little meat is a good thing. It's only DH and me, so I don't need a small turkey or anything...
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Does that penciled bird have a straight comb or a rose comb? Gorgeous bird.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    She doesn't have much of a comb yet, and I can't get real close to her, but from what I can see it appears to be a straight comb. She's only about 3 1/2 months old.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    What a happy surprise! I agree her penciling is quite nice for a hatchery bird.

    Your sex links from the buff Orp rooster should be nice birds. She's already looking nicely meaty [​IMG]
     

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