Rare Breed? Rooster and three hens: Hatchery

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AlyssiaAK, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. AlyssiaAK

    AlyssiaAK Hatching

    Oct 31, 2015

    We have four chickens, a Rooster and Three hens. Purchased them from a gentleman who had ordered them from a hatchery, specialty birds.

    All have black feathers, and black skin. The Rooster has feathered feet, as well as one of the hens. All are Bantam size. They came from a large scale Hatchery.

    First Image: Rooster is third bird from Left. Two hens are first and second bird from Left. Both of these hens have a "tuft" on their heads. Third hen not pictured, but different from these two: smaller.
    Second Image: Rooster - he is finishing molting

    Anyone have an idea on what these birds breed might be?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2015

  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.

    They look very familiar, but I'm afraid nothing is ringing a bell for me. I hope some one else can help!
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Honestly, same here. I know I've seen a breed with these exact characterstics but I can't for the life of me remember where or why. I will say they look a bit gamefowl-ish. And they have type similar to a Faverolles. Maybe a French breed with ancestry for the native black-skinned gamefowls and Faverolles?
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  4. kyexotics

    kyexotics Songster

    Sep 26, 2014
    Maybe Black Orpingtons?

  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Can't be, Orps show white skin and clean legs. And although red and yellow bleed through can happen in black birds, that's way too much to not be called an intentional pattern. Not sure what I'd call it. The hens look straight black but if they have any copper of the hackle they could maybe be a golden birchen sort of color?
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    They don't look like any pure breed I know, but I doubt a hatchery would sell mixes?
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    There are a couple of things that may be going on here - do you know what hatchery the person ordered them from and were these birds the birds ordered or are they the results of breeding those birds and selling offspring? "Hatchery" can mean a lot of things - the first reaction is to assume it is meant to be one of the major commercial hatcheries, but lots of folks use that term to cover some smaller operations. The issue of less attention to breeding to any particular standard, etc. can often lead to some unexpected results in production/hatchery grade birds - and there is a growing trend to "designer birds" (similar to designer dogs) that is cropping up even in some of the more major commercial operations.

  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    They look like most of the Silkie and Sizzle mixes I hatch out. The Silkies could potentially contribute crests, feathered shanks, dark skin and extra toes, the resulting offspring could show some or all of those traits.

    Do your birds have extra toes?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2015
  9. AlyssiaAK

    AlyssiaAK Hatching

    Oct 31, 2015
    They are not full size birds, sorry to not include that in first post. Bantam size. And they were purchased from a large scale hatchery.

  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I can't get a fix on them either, I don't 'see' any silkie in them.

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