I have looked all over, but can't find what breed this hen is.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jungleexplorer, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I moved out in the country five years ago and wanted some chicken right away. I got full grown chickens from all over, some bought and some given. Later I raised 36 Rhode Island Reds from chicks that I bought at the local feed store. At some point I got five hens that have really proven to be great chickens. Not only are they pretty, but they seem to have a survivor attitude. They are strong and very independent minded. Over the years I have lost all but one of them. I really want to identify what breed she is before it is too late. I have looked at thousands of photos online and cannot not find a picture that looks like her. Maybe someone here can help. Thanks in advance.

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  2. RThomas

    RThomas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wheaten Game. But, could be mixed.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    What color egg does she lay?
     
  4. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like some sort of Game, American Game but I couldn't say what line.
     
  5. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She lays a medium size cream color egg. But she refuses to lay in the my nesting area. She will jump the coup and lay in the weeds and stuff. That is what I meant by her being independent minded.
     
  6. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had five of these originally and they were all almost identical. I guess they could all come from a single mix hatch, but seems unlikely. I looked at some pics of Wheaten hens and you are right, they very similar in body and shape. The color is a little off, but if mine were a mix, that would explain that.
     
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  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope someone pins down the breed, she's beautiful and I'm pretty sure I want one :)
     
  8. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After doing some more research on the Wheaten Hen. I discovered that the Wheaten is a variety of Old English Game. Also, I had a rooster that I got with these hens that was very pretty and I did not know what it was either. While looking at pics of Old English Game hens, I ran into a picture of Golden Duckwing Cock, which is a variety of Old English Game. The rooster I had looked identical to the picture Golden Duckwing Cock. So I am pretty sure at this point that this hen is a variety of Old English Game. According to the blog I read, they are one of the oldest breeds of fighting chickens. That would explain the strong independent attitude of these hens.
     
  9. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, she is pretty. And when you consider that I have had her for over 4 years and I got her full grown, it is even more impressive. All of these hens I had stood out. They always looked like well groomed hens, winter spring or summer. The only problem with them is that they refuse to be tamed. They can fly like a bird also. Most of my Rhode Island Reds are so tame that I can pick them up and pet them. Not these hens. They will beat you to death with their feet and wings and peck you viciously if you try to pick them up (assuming you ever catch them). They seems to have an air of pride about them, always walking with their head high and their beautiful huge tails fully spred. Here is another pic.

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  10. howfunkyisurchicken

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    I used to have a hen that was almost identical to her! She didnt have all the gold your hen has, just the pretty salmon back, neck and the black tail. She was the best broody, and also layed a cream colored egg (her name was Cream Puff). Anyhoo- I got her from a lady on Craigslist. She said she was a Game hen (and thats all she had to say about her breed) but all of her chooks looked like mutts to me so I always assumed she was too. Her legs were a little darker than your girls, like a dark slate color. She wasnt a super friendly girl, but she would eat out of my hand and wouldnt try to murder me while she was brooding. I bought her as an adult (the lady said she was a little over a year when I purchased her, but who knows), and I had her for almost 4 years. She would lay an egg about 4-5 days a week. I sold her to another lady from Craigslist who was starting her first flock. She was a great bird.
     

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