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Chicken Breed Help

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kaoswolf, May 25, 2016.

  1. kaoswolf

    kaoswolf New Egg

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    This is my first go at raising chickens so I am still learning. i got several different breeds from Tractor Supply and had heard of most all of the breeds. That is except these. These were labeled "Asian Black" But I cant find any information anywhere about something called Asian Black. Only those Japanese black chickens with the black meat/skin/everything that are very expensive.
    I got a few pullets and a few straight runs. Im guessing this is a cockerel and I believe my only one. The rest are the same age and not growing the red on their head.

    My only guess is that it is something called a Black Australorp but I'd love to hear knowledgeable People's opinions :)


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    This is him at 5 weeks old

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    This was at 1 week



    Now what I am guessing are all pullets which were also labeled "Asian Black" have some barring on them. These are all 5 week pics as well.

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    And when they were 1 week..

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  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The very first two pics are of a Black Sex LInk,their great pets and egg layers.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You're right. There is no breed/variety called Asian black. They don't look like Australorps either. They should be all black.
    Virtually all the breeds that exist in the world are on the following pages with chick pictures at the bottom of each page.
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChickensA-C.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChickensD-O.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChickensP-Z.html
    I would go back to, or call your TSC and ask to talk to the manager. They should surely know what breeds they ordered from the hatchery.

    Black sex links are a distinct possibility.
     
  4. kaoswolf

    kaoswolf New Egg

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    Thanks so much for your replies! ive been going in circles with this since I got them. Ive even been reading up on the breed pages you provided but when something seems to stick and im like AHA! it must be this. Then I find an inconsistency that points to well.. maybe not. I got 2 chicks labelled pullets and 2 out of straight run tub, both labeled as 'Asian Blacks". I know for sure the pics of the heavily barred chicken is one that came out of the pullet tub. but from the Black Star/ Sex Link page it says roos should have the heavy barring. *pulls hair out*

    I just called TS and asked the manager and she claims that this is what they were labeled from the hatchery. That they were definitely called Asian Blacks. So they are no help at all :(
     
  5. kaoswolf

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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Good job on making that call.
    So now you need to ask what hatchery they came from, call them and ask what breed they are labeling as Asian blacks.
     
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  7. kaoswolf

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    So I gave TSC a call back and got the manager on the line again. She swore up and down that the boxes were labeled Asian Blacks and that they probably came from Privett Hatchery. So I googled them and finally got someone on the phone. She told me no there is no Asian Black chickens, and they certainly don't sell them. She asked for the location of the TSC I got them from and when she looked them up she said they only order assortments of chicks so they wouldn't have been labeled like that anyway. She said the best I could do was email them some photos and they would see if they could tell me. I'm still waiting on a reply from them.
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Last year they were marketed as Asian Blues from Hoover Hatchery. Being blue means blue/black/splash were possible. Hoover no longer has them so who knows where they are getting them now. Purely Poultry and efowl (they advertise them as being from Hoover) were the only 2 sources I could find.

    Asian Blue Chickens

    The Asian blue Chicken is a relatively new breed, not certified by the APA. Considered a dual purpose breed, the Asian Blue Chicken breed can be raised for meat or egg production.

    The most striking characteristic of the Asian Blue Chicken is its blue/green iridescent hue layed over black and red feather pattern. Asian Blue Chickens are slower growing than most broiler breeds; males will reach 4-4.45 lbs in 12 weeks, while females reach that weight on average in 15 weeks.

    Male Asia Blues will reach market weight much sooner and the females will lay a good number large brown eggs annually. These Beautiful birds are relatively new to the market and as such are very rare among chicken owners.
     
  9. mikeldb

    mikeldb Out Of The Brooder

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    Agreed black sex-link
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Good effort, you did all you could.
    That's another reason why one doesn't want to glean knowledge about chickens from feed store employees.

    Made up breeds - or non breeds.

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