Is she just an odd looking black star/black sex link?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fshrchik, May 27, 2012.

  1. fshrchik

    fshrchik In the Brooder

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    So, now for my females! I bought 12 golden laced wyandotte females (hoping for at least one to have been mis-sexed and be a roo!), 3 golden comet females and 3 black sex link/black star females. Of all the dark birds, I have 4 with single combs. So, I started looking and noticing that of those 4 dark birds with combs, 3 don't have face markings - those should be my black stars. The 4th chick with a single comb has face markings, but it otherwise mainly black. What is she, I wonder? Perhaps she was put in the wrong bin at the feed store (saw that happen before!)??

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    Sorry it's just the back of her here. I didn't she was an odd one until later, so didn't have any specific pics of her. She's about 3 days old here.
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    Sorry this pic is blurry, but it does show her face markings. She is now 24 days old in this picture and all the following pictures.
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    This shows one side of her face and that her legs/feet are dark.
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    A little blurry, but shows her back.
    The following picture is what one of my other black stars looks like - same age (24 days) and more typical appearance:
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    I have two black star that look like the above photo - typical appearance in my understanding. I have one that is almost solid black with a little bit of the coloring seen in the above photo and I figure she's also a black star. But, my odd one with the facial markings, but otherwise mostly dark with some light fluff - not sure what to make of her. There were supposedly only 3 black star in this group. Thoughts??
     
  2. jallny

    jallny Songster

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    each chicken is different, everything seems normal
     
  3. fshrchik

    fshrchik In the Brooder

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    LOL. Guess I wasn't clear! [​IMG] I wasn't speaking of atypical like there was a health problem or deformity or anything, just an odd coloration or odd markings. I guess I am also wondering is she truly a black star (in which case I got 4 when I was only supposed to get 3 - bums me out a bit as that means I got shorted on my wyandottes!) or is she an odd wyandotte with a single comb instead of a rose comb? Either way, she doesn't have the typical coloring for either breed. [​IMG]
     
  4. dretd

    dretd Crowing

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    Fshrchick, not sure what breed, but you chickie looks kinda boy-like. At 3 1/2 weeks there looks like some mightly pink wattles developing and there is evidence of slow feathering on the wing-bows.

    The coloring looks more like your Wandottes (but Sliver Laced?)so I am wondering if this was in the Wyandotte bin. I am not familiar with Wyandottes other than just in a general sense-- any chance they can have a throw-back straight comb? Hopefully an expert on the breed will be able to help you!
     
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  5. farmerChef

    farmerChef Songster

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    hatchery wyandottes sometimes have a single comb, that comes from not taking out breeders with them. Looks like either a silver laced or black chick, it also looks like a roo. They usually feather in slower and the combs/wattles grow in faster and redder.
     
  6. SkylaSilkie

    SkylaSilkie Chirping

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    It might of got mixed up with your breed. I thought I had 5 Pullets, but 2 sexlinks got mixed in.
     
  7. fshrchik

    fshrchik In the Brooder

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    Yes, I had read (as others have stated), that wyandottes can sometimes throw a single comb (especially hatchery ones). Thinking back, I *know* I only pulled 3 from the black star bin. But I had help getting the 12 from the wyandotte bin. I'm betting s/he was in the wyandotte bin. Yes, the facial markings look wyandotte to me - that's what I thought was weird - that with the single comb. I then started looking for single combs in my 18 girl bin and found 4. Huh, so that's when I looked into whether wyandottes ever had singles show up.

    And yes, I was noticing how undeveloped his/her feathers are vs the comb/wattles. Which for a black star didn't worry me much as they have large combs/wattles compared to wyandottes, but if this is a wyandotte - hmmmm, could be a roo. I'm fine with it if s/he is indeed a he, though I would have preferred a golden laced wyandotte. There still could be one or too golden laced roos in the mix as there are a couple that seriously look a whole week younger than the others but they are all the same age.

    Anyway - fun fun fun! Time will tell, but I am enjoying the guessing game and trying to figure it out! Thanks everyone! Anyone else have thoughts??? [​IMG]
     
  8. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    hmmm odd that chick looks just like my FCM who is only 3 weeks old and yours looks like a roo just like mine
     
  9. Indigosands

    Indigosands Songster

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    Looks like the austraslorps my local feed store had, and a male. Look at those little wattles! LOL
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I second the Australorp cockerel.
     

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