Is this even a chicken? Help with breed

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by crusting, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. crusting

    crusting Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had this one since it was 7 weeks old. Now it's 10 weeks old. I was told by the person I got her (?) from that the mother was a cross between silkie and "game bird" and the father was a rhode island red. I've been watching it grow and there seems to be absolutely no comb. It's just completely flat and black there. What does this mean? Is it a boy or girl? Is it even a chicken if it has no comb at all? Sorry I am ignorant and could use some help from all of you experienced chicken people! Thank you!
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    Note, these pictures were taken right after I got it. It's a little bigger now and feathers are a little poofier, but still looks basically the same. Sorry I keep saying "it" too--I don't know if it's a she or he (but hoping for a she).
     
  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
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    It does look like a Pullet.
     
  3. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a bird alright. Not sure what you will end up with at complete maturity - I think "she" is pretty. Sounds like a pullet to me with no comb development at all. Love the color of the legs.. somewhat indicates a colored egg layer sort of bird. Pretty head!
     
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    It's a pullet and the mix sounds possible. [​IMG]
     
  5. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
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    It's a silkie mix for sure. It does appear to be a pullet, too.
     
  6. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie crosses have very small black combs. One of them is basically flat, and the other is nubby ( maybe walnut??) but both extremely small and black. This is the nubbiest one, the other oen is flatter:
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    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, looks like a silkie mix and a pullet.
     
  8. SarniaTricia

    SarniaTricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Really pretty girl you have there....
     
  9. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Interesting....I have a barnyard mix that has a comb exactly like you are describing. I don't see any other silkie qualities to her and she is a standard size hen but I've always kind of wondered why her comb is flat and black:
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  10. SimplySplendidSilkies

    SimplySplendidSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
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    Quote:Silkies should have a dark mulberry colored comb and should be shaped like a walnut. The pullets would have a small dark flat or sometimes even little bumb where the comb is. That would explain the combs you guys are seeing.
     

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