Mystery Chicken help requested

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by haff, May 28, 2012.

  1. haff

    haff In the Brooder

    May 2, 2012
    Five or six weeks ago I received my chickens from My Pet Chicken. 8 barred rocks, 4 New Hampshire Reds, all female. All 12 are doing well and doing expected chicken things, eating drinking, pooping, and freaking out anytime I change their local environment.

    But I have a mystery. 7 of my barred rocks look as I expected, the 8th... not so much. Matter of fact, I'm not sure it a barred at all. So the help I am asking for. Can you please help me figure out what is up with my barless barred rock?

    The one on the right is the mystery.

    Not a single bar on this one

    another angle

    And of course, one of the other chickens was constantly trying to figure out what I was doing.


    Thanks for your help!
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    That is either a Black Australorp or a black Jersey Giant. I suspect Australorp.
  3. haff

    haff In the Brooder

    May 2, 2012
    How does that happen? Don't hatcheries keep the breeds separate?
  4. mmktdox

    mmktdox Chirping

    Guess they just get mixed up sometimes? I had the same sort of thing happen last year, ordered 10 straight run BR's and one ended up being a black sex link. Kids names her Fez *the foreign exchange student from 'That 70's Show'!! [​IMG]

    She was the cutest friendliest of the bunch. So of course she was the first one the raccoon killed. Still miss her! [​IMG]
  5. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Songster

    Aug 8, 2009
    Central N.S.
    Looks like my 2 black Australorps, which are 5 weeks old now.

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