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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Vacaville Roost, May 28, 2016.
I was told this was a barred rock but I dont see any evidence of barring. Any recognize this chick?
Looks like a Black Australorp... if the bottoms of the feet are pink or whitish, that is my guess... if the foot pads are yellow, I'd say Jersey Giant...
It's going to be solid black, and Australorp is by far the most common black breed.
Were it a barred anything, it would have had a white spot on the head.
I agree it looks like a Black Australop or Jersey Giant.
And on an unrelated note, WOW, you are a really good photographer!!!
Upon further investigation, I'm convinced of two things.
1) the people at the feed store sold me the wrong chick...
2) No question this is a black australorp.
This bums me out because we went into this project with the specific intent of raising a Barred Rock first.
Personally I love barred Rocks and they've been the backbone of my flock for years. I appreciate their good production and I love playing with the barring genes with my breeding projects.
That said, I purchased a few 1 year old Australorps this spring when I was short on layers. I'd never had Aussies before, simply because I like more color in my bird's feathers. But these Aussie ladies outlay my Rocks in both quantity and size of the eggs. So, while you won't get the pretty barred color, you'll have eggs for the table and a nice, calm bird that gets along with everyone. I don't think you'll be too disappointed with her.
Thank you for that info. I was really bummed when I realized I didn't get the Barred. I'll take your experience to heart and look forward to the new experience. I'll post more photos of the girls soon.
Australorps truly are amazing chickens! We have 2 and am hatching 5 more! To me they are just as beautiful as Barred Rocks! They have beautiful raven black feathers that shine irredescent green in the sunshine, and an Australorps once set a record for laying 364 eggs in 365 days. They are always, as donrae said, nice and calm, and also laid back, docile, and sweet natured! I love my Aussies!