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Chick with crest?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rowfarm3, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. rowfarm3

    rowfarm3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm starting a new thread to see if anyone has an idea of this chick's breed. It has this crest like feathering on it's head. It's 5wk old. I'm supposed to have a mixture of wyandottes, buff orpingtons, ameraucanas, and marans. Do chickens even get crests?
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  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, a number of breeds get crests; none of which happen to be the ones you listed.

    So something else is mixed in.

    Your chick looks to have a crest similar to a Cream Crested Legbar, and may have some of that mixed in, possible the Marans to create an Olive Egger, but the legs (hard to see) almost look willow so I would normally say an EE...but CCL is already a blue egg layer and wouldn't normally be bred back to an Ameraucana to produce an EE unless I suppose someone really wanted to experiment with blue egg colors.

    Or you could have a mixed breed bird with another crested type....often Silkie mixes will have a bit of crazy crest like that, and with the very black beak, it is possible it is a Silkie mix though the feathering is natural feathering (vs. Silkie "hair like" feathers).

    So it is likely a mix...and not from any of the breeds listed as none of those would produce a crest.

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  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you are in Australia or Europe....

    Araucana standards there allow for crested and tailed Araucanas with willow legs, but it should be muffed/bearded as well.

    And UK standards allow for a crested Ameraucana, but again they should have beards/muffs.

    You might then have a European standard Ameraucana/any other breed EE which kept the crest but lost the beard/muff in the hybrid.

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  4. rowfarm3

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    I'm in the U.S. I know the pertain I got the chicks from does occasionally breed Legbars. So maybe that's it? Here's some pictures of the same chick a week ago, that shows her legs better. She does have some patchy feathering on it's legs coming in.

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  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    My thought then...Marans/Legbar to create an Olive Egger.

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  6. rowfarm3

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    Thanks!
     
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    I agree.
     
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