Possible Cross?

cluckingheck

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Jun 15, 2020
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So, for some reason, I noticed Miss Prissy’s eyes are not the dark brown black australorps are supposed to have; they are a light brown/orange.
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while yukon, my other black australorp, has the dark eyes.
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I got them both from TSC at the same time
 

JedJackson

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Hatchery birds often don't quite match the breed standards. You can check the bottoms of her feet-- if that area is white, then it's pretty certain she's an Australorp. If the area under the feet is yellowish, then you probably have a different breed. But she looks like an Australorp to me.
 

cluckingheck

Songster
Jun 15, 2020
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847
131
West Virginia
Hatchery birds often don't quite match the breed standards. You can check the bottoms of her feet-- if that area is white, then it's pretty certain she's an Australorp. If the area under the feet is yellowish, then you probably have a different breed. But she looks like an Australorp to me.
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here’s a picture of her foot. it looks yellow-ish to me, so i assume she’s not an australorp?
 

JedJackson

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View attachment 2349339 here’s a picture of her foot. it looks yellow-ish to me, so i assume she’s not an australorp?
She's definitely not a purebred Australorp. She may be an Australorp cross. If she is from a hatchery, she could be some type of hybrid layer they sell. Or maybe a black Plymouth rock, Java or Jersey Giant.

The reason the foot pad color is so important is because it's the easiest way to determine skin color in chickens. Australorps should have white skin, not yellow like most other black breeds/varieties. So you had a good eye! But she's a pretty bird. Breed only matters if you are breeding them yourself and you want purebreds. If that is the case, I wouldn't use her to breed Australorps.
 

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