Just curious... I've had them as good layers for 3 years, never known the breed...

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

  1. WasabiChicki

    WasabiChicki Songster

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    The 2 hens in question (not the RIR or Barred) are 3 years old now & I've never known their breed.
    I took pics today to share:
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    They are black w/ a very iridescent green that shows in the sun. They have medium sized rose/red combs, most toes are yellow but a couple are black. They lay medium sized brown eggs.
    Any ideas?
     
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  2. WasabiChicki

    WasabiChicki Songster

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    Austalorp? Is that how you spell it?
    Could these be that and what do you know about them???
     
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  3. Can't really see them well. Look to be Black Sex Links and also don't look to be rose combed, but have a single, straight comb. BSL usually have some red coloration on their neck and chest.
     
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  4. TinaK

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    The black legs, evenly serrated combs, soft feathering.... says Australorp to me!

    edited to add: When you say 'rose comb'... they don't look rose combed to me? (see below for pic of rose comb - not my bird!)

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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Black sex links. Australorps are pure black.
     
  6. Snowygirl

    Snowygirl Songster

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    x2 we just got a black sex link, and she looks just like your birds. [​IMG]
     
  7. WasabiChicki

    WasabiChicki Songster

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    Thanks! I always thought sexlinks but after looking at Australorp pics I thought maybe thats what they were & I got curious.
    As far as the "rose" comb... does that mean its fanned out like in the pic above, not the color of it then? I am not up to par on my chicken lingo...
    Mine are straight combed! [​IMG]
     
  8. TinaK

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    Australorps are pure black with a beetle green sheen (as per standard). They have black eyes, straight combs and ideally have 6 - 8 serrations on the comb I think? They 'should' have black feet with pinkish white soles..... but hatchery stock can vary in colour. In Australia it is considered a serious flaw to have yellow legs in show stock.

    Do your birds have any other colour like brown through them? Actually in the first pic they do look to have a bit of brown on their chest? They could be any sort of cross or maybe even something like a Jersey Giant? - I've seen them with yellow legs before?

    And yup, Rose comb refers to that squished looking comb in the pic I posted rather than a nice straight one like your girls!!
     
  9. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chirping

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    here's my BSL hen. her chest feathers are black/orange

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  10. WasabiChicki

    WasabiChicki Songster

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    Thats my girl alright! They could be sisters [​IMG] Now I want more! They seem to be good layers
    & this year one of my BSL passed up the Barred Rock in size... She's huge! Yours looks big too!
     

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