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Dark Cornish? X-Breeds?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Anuthatch, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. Anuthatch

    Anuthatch In the Brooder

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    HI,

    I got these 2 hens in August and sold to me as Barnevelders. I don't think they are Barnies but I recently saw a photo of a Dark Cornish. Are they what is called hatchery dark cornish? They aren't laying yet but the bottom one looks like she could be close. I'm guessing they are getting close to 20 weeks or there abouts.

    Any comments?

    Is the double lacing pattern a dominant color pattern in X-Breeding?

    I'm really hoping for 3 - 4 eggs a week from them or they might be invited to dinner.



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  2. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

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    They look like hatchery stock barnevelders to me. They just aren't blocky enough to be Dark Cornish. Looks like you will get eggs very soon!
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    They look like Barnevelders to me. Dark Cornish are usually thicker, broader, and stouter in appearance.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    They look like Barnavelder to me, too. Dark Cornish should have pea combs, while these have single combs.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    X4 on Barnevelders. You should get some nice chocolate eggs from them. :eek:)
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Yes I agree. Barnevelders for sure.
     
  7. Anuthatch

    Anuthatch In the Brooder

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    Thank you for the input. Very interesting. It seems talked myself out of them being Barnies and didn't go back and look again as they've matured. They do have more of a Barnie shape than a cornish shape now that you all point it out.

    And the single comb was throwing me for Cornish. I don't know must about genetics to know dominant comb types for x breeds.

    Both breeds lay brown, right? Are Barnies usually darker ??

    It makes me happy if they are stock Barnies just because that's what I expected when I got them from a barnyard.
     

  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    You're welcome; and yes, both breeds lay brown eggs, but Barnies eggs are darker. The very dark brown eggs of Barnevelders, and other very dark brown egg laying breeds such as Marans, Welsummers, and Penedesencas are frequently referred to in the industry as chocolate eggs.
     

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