Not a black sex link after all?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jp123, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. jp123

    jp123 New Egg

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    [​IMG]Hi!
    We ordered speckled sussex pullets from a local farmer this spring. Picked the chicks up in late May and were told they were 5-6 weeks old at that time.
    By late June we were fairly certain one hen wasn't a speckled sussex. The farm responded to a photo with an apology and note that she was a black sex link.
    Alas, hens are now roughly 8 months old. In a post asking for ideas on why none are laying yet, it was suggested this may not be a black sex link after all. (!?!)
    Any idea what this chicken is? She's far more vocal than the sussex--a bit like a distant, low tornado siren--and a bit more stand-offish. Plenty friendly, comes running, follows us around, eats from our hands, just tends to stay at arms' length. Has no issue being the only of her type in a coop of 3 (was 5, but lost 2 sussex over the summer).
    Any ideas on what this chicken is would be appreciated!
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  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]DUDE!!!!!!!! She looks exactly like a barnevelder!!!!! You got lucky there! Barnies are a very uncommon breed. They are supposed to be great layers of dark brown eggs, and good meat birds. I don't have any (yet), so I can't say for sure that they are, but YOU ARE SO LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF she's a barnie. There is the off chance that she isn't, but she is the spittin image of one.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    While I'm not quite that excited about it [​IMG], I agree she's a Barnevelder. Should give you dark brown eggs.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have barnevelder. They are gorgeous birds that do lay dark eggs. They don't lay a lot of them though, certainly no where near what a sex link will lay. Yours is very good looking.
     
  5. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    agree Barnevelder!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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