I Have A New Chicken...Sort Of?!?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by TallChickMagnet, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Songster

    Apr 30, 2012
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    A few days ago my next door neighbor told me that one of my chickens had gotten loose and came into his yard. It was starting to get dark at the time, about 5:00 pm. He said that he would give it back in the morning after he'd caught it. Well, morning came and true to his word he handed me a “Cat Carrier” with what looked like one of my Easter Eggers in it. I quickly put it in the pen with the rest of my birds, and hurried to return his carrier.

    Today, a few days later, while gathering eggs I noticed one of the birds staying in the pen, up on the roost while all of the others were playing in the run. I went to check if she was alright when she jumped down and ran outside, so I though that she must be OK. When I turned my back and went back to the eggs she ran back in and back up on the perch. Despite the limited light in the pen I was determined to get at good look at this bird to see if she was OK.

    I went closer, she jumped down again, but this time I noticed that the feathers around her neck didn't look as fluffy as normal, and her puffy cheeks were flat. I first thought that she must be sick or molting, but after a little thought, I decided to count the birds. It took a few tries because they kept moving around. The answer to my first question was obvious, how did 19 birds turn into 20?!? Now to answer the next two questions: Whose bird is this, and what kind is it?!? I only know of one other person in the neighborhood that raises chickens, and he specializes in showing roosters. I only raise hens.

    She looks like a cross between my Game Hens and my Easter Eggers.






  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She is a game hen of some sort - possibly a cross.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Looks like a mixed game hen.

    Don't feel bad, I acquired a bird in similar circumstances. It was dusk and I heard a bird on the neighbor's side of the fence, kind of thrashing around in the leaves and trying to get through the fence. My birds were free range but rarely went through the fence. I wanted it cooped for the night, so went through the gate, dropped a towel over it to calm it (all in the dark, remember), then carried it into the coop and set it on a roost. Still, in the dark. Then next morning, I had a beautiful orange rooster! The neighbor's mom was out and saw him and asked "Oh, did you want that rooster? I didn't want him anymore so I brought him here last night". Well, crap. I already had three roos and so much for quarantine! I figured any damage was done and kept him. He easily established himself as my head roo, but became a stalker of two buff orp hens and we put him down. But, I can totally see how a strange bird can get added by mistake!
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  4. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

    Aug 14, 2011
    game bird
  5. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Songster

    Apr 30, 2012
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    Thanks for the responses so far...
  6. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Definitely a Game hen....

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