Phoenix, silver Leghorn, something else...?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Gibs, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Gibs

    Gibs Just Hatched

    Jan 25, 2017
    Hey all,

    Any thoughts on what breed this little guy is? He looks similar to a couple of Phoenixes I've seen, but at almost 5 months, he has a less impressive tail than my Sussex rooster of the same age. (Although it's worth noting that he was an "extra" in a large order from a hatchery, so if he was technically a Phoenix, I wouldn't expect him to have a magnificent tail quite like you'd see in breeding or showing stock.)

    If not Phoenix, maybe some unusual color of Leghorn? Note: he looks pretty buff in the first picture, but please check out the second where he's standing next to a Delaware pullet of 5 months. He's actually a pretty scrawny little guy! :)

    He has the following characteristics:

    Single comb
    White earlobes
    Yellow shanks
    Pale skin
    No extra toes, etc.

    His sickle feathers aren't particularly impressive in length, but they do have some iridescence (dark green), as do the dark feathers on his wings (blues and purples).

    Please let me know if there's any other telling information I can gather. Cheers!

  2. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2015
    Houston, Tx
    Based on the leg color i am voting for silver Leghorn.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicks are a-hatching Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Edited to change my answer to silver leghorn after having a look at them.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2017
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Silver Leghorn.

    Since you say an extra from a hatchery, I'm thinking MMM? As the bonus/exotic chick? They have silver Leghorns.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Looks like a Silver Leghorn to me.
  6. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    I agree, Silver Leghorn. [​IMG] He's a handsome boy! [​IMG]

  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    silver leghorn
  8. Gibs

    Gibs Just Hatched

    Jan 25, 2017
    Great, thank you all so much!

    donrae, I think it was indeed McMurray - they actually sent me a couple extras, but the other one (a little white Polish) was easier to identify. :)
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    He could be a nice addition to your flock, if you're wanting to breed your own replacement layers. I don't know if silver Leghorns have a high rate of production like the whites or browns, but when I put a brown Leghorn rooster over my flock of mixed dual purpose hens years and years ago, I was quite happy with the rate of lay in the offspring pullets. Granted, the cockerels were a bit thin for eating, but they still made some of a meal.

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