Hello, is there a chicken detective in the house?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dancing egg, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. dancing egg

    dancing egg Hatching

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    Hello, I'm new here. Can you guys help me identify this cheeky chicken? Is she a silver sussex? I've been told she's a Maran, but she doesn't really look like the images I've seen of marans... she lays medium-dark brown eggs, sometimes with small speckles. Many thanks :)

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  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Songster

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    Where did you get her from? She looks like a barnyard mix to me. Maybe a Sussex mix as her legs appear to be white. If she were Sussex, her egg would be light brown in color. Here is a pic of my barnyard mix hen. Dad is SS, mom is austrolorp.
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  3. [​IMG] Glad to have you join our flock!

    Yes, it looks like you have a mixed breed. One of the parents probably had a barred color pattern, so she might be half Cuckoo Marans.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    She looks like a pretty mix to me.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    She looks like a mixed breed to me, too.
     
  6. dancing egg

    dancing egg Hatching

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    thanks everyone, after looking into it a bit more, i think she might be a speckeldy?
    i found this pic on a website. what do you think?

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  7. Outpost JWB

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    I don't think it is, but maybe. The speckledy is a cross between RIR and French Marans. You said she lays a dark egg. Will the color wash off the egg? This is a characteristic of the FM eggs.
     
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    thanks everyone, after looking into it a bit more, i think she might be a speckeldy?
    i found this pic on a website. what do you think?

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    That looks close, but your hen doesn't have feathered legs like the one in this photo.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Speckeldy's are pretty much a U.K. bird, I thought. I agree she's most likely a mix with cuckoo Marans ancestry. This patterning is common in a hen with barred or cuckoo parentage.
     
  10. Graciesing2us

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    Hi, sorry i can't help you out immediatly but i'm getting 2 speckaldys at the weekend. They are only chivks but i could post a photo when they get older if you havn't solved the mystery by then [​IMG]
     

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