Just adopted 3 hens and don't know what breed this hen is. Help?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mnmfarris, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. mnmfarris

    mnmfarris Chirping

    Apr 17, 2012
    Tonopah, NV
    We adopted 3 hens from a local who needed to rehome them. Here is "Daffy", so named because when excited, she makes a duck noise. She is not a duck. She's a hen. But the former owners can't remember what kind of chicken she is. Does anyone have an idea what type of hen Daffy is? Bovans Nera ? Other?

  2. dretd

    dretd Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    Ft Collins, CO
    Probably not a Bovans Nera since they are not a typical hatchery bird, but you are on the right track. Bovans Nera is a specific type of Black Sexlink. This is where a female barred bird such as the Barred Rock is crossed with a brown or gold male bird, frequently a RIR or similar.

    The chicks can be sexed at hatch since only the males will get the barring gene (from the mother) and will have a white spot on the tops of their little heads whereas the female chicks will be all black on the top of the head. It makes it easy to select and raise only the girls since they are raised for egg production.

    So in a nutshell, I would call your new adoptee a Black Sexlink.

    Enjoy her--they lay lots of eggs!
  3. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    yep black sex link.

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