Can YOU identify these mystery chickens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tullypippin, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. tullypippin

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    Hi everyone!

    As a fun 4-H project, our club decided to buy a "grab bag" of chicks so that we could all try to identify them. I've been able to identify most of them, but some have been a little more of a challenge. Can you solve the mystery?

    Chicken #1: Actually, this is a rooster, and he is around 3 months old. We named him Big Foot, in honor of his, well, big feet. They are slate-colored, and slightly feathered (not sure if this is normal or just a defect), which threw me off in trying to identify his breed. At first I thought he was a Langshan, but his build and coloring made me think otherwise. Here he is, the fine beauty:

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    Chicken #2: The Little Lady, also about 3 months old (um, the one on the left, not the right... the Porcelain D'Uccle on the right was photobombing!! [​IMG]). We call her Charlotte, and she is very dainty, flighty, and curious. She’s one of my favorites, and so far I think she is a Cubalaya. She carries her tail on a downward slant. Any confirmation on this?

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    Any help would be much appreciated, especially about the rooster. He’s gorgeous, but I really want to know what he is!

    Thanks!!
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Where did the birds come from? That can help narrow things down.

    I could agree with the hen being Cubalaya, and the rooster looks most like an olive egger.
     
  3. tullypippin

    tullypippin New Egg

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    donrae, I actually don't know what hatchery the birds came from- the person who ordered the chicks wanted to keep everything top secret! I'm guessing it is probably Murray McMurray, Cackle, or Meyer, but I really don't know for sure unfortunately.

    Any other ideas on the rooster?

    An Olive Egger seems like a possibility from what I just looked up- are they an actual breed, or just a mix of other chicken breeds? I've found it confusing so far.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    An Olive Egger is an Easter Egger that is produced by crossing a blue egg laying breed (Araucana or Ameraucana) with a chocolate egg laying breed (Marans, Welsummer, Barnevelder, Pendesenca, or Empordanesa). The resulting offspring lay olive colored eggs. There is a good article explaining the differences in these colored egg laying birds at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    P.S. I agree with donrae that you have a Cubalaya hen, and an Olive Egger is as good a guess as any on Big Foot.
     
  6. donrae

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    Olive eggers are a "designer breed", or hybrid more accurately. They don't really breed true for the olive eggs, and there's no standard, they're traditionally a mix of Ameraucana and Marans.
     

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