Rare chicken-guinea fowl hybrid has FOUR wings

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  1. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatch of the day: Rare chicken-guinea fowl hybrid has FOUR wings
    What has four wings, pretty blue eyes and walks with a swagger?

    No, it’s not a joke – it’s a real bird and it’s called a guin.

    The strange-looking fowl is a hybrid of a chicken and a guinea fowl.

    The chick, named Tulip, hatched in Lyn Newman’s coop.

    Mrs Newman had brought in two guinea fowl to act as a warning system for foxes, but did not know they could breed with her hens.

    Mrs Newman, 59, raises a number of fowl in Defford, Worcestershire, but she was astonished when one of her eggs hatched into an odd looking bird even she couldn't identify.

    The tiny bird was covered in clumps of feathers and - most strangely of all - had four wings.

    Mrs Newman, a retired social care worker had to trawl the internet before she realised that the bizarre bird was a hybrid.

    A rogue guinea had mated with one of her hens - and the result was this ugly chick - who has since been named Tulip.

    The four wings are a result of a genetic mutation because of the cross-species breeding.

    Mrs Newman said: 'I was just shocked when I saw that this thing that hatched had four wings.

    'I couldn't believe my eyes. I had no idea what it was until I did some digging around on the internet.

    'As well as having extra wings, the bird is also much smaller and is a totally different shape.
    'I was shocked when I found out it was a cross between a guinea and a chicken - you just don't expect it. Apparently the cross is very rare.

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    Tulip (centre) is an extremely rare chicken-guinea fowl hybrid with four wings. Despite her odd appearance she gets on well with the other birds on the smallholding

    Odd couple: Tulip (centre) is an extremely rare chicken-guinea fowl hybrid with four wings. The bird, known as a guin is pictured here with her parents - a mother hen and a male guinea fowl

    'But she's settling in really well, and doesn't seem to realise that she's different from all the other chicks.

    'She's an odd looking bird, and apparently extremely rare. I had no idea that guineas could actually breed with chickens.

    'I've seen a guinea flying around, so probably soon we'll be overrun with these weird looking birds.

    'She's a real character and is one of the gang. I'm thinking of selling her at auction, as apparently guinea-chicken crosses are very rare and also infertile.

    'I'm sure that she will find a very loving home, and that people won't be put off by her four wings.'
    Sharon Boundy who runs UK Guinea Fowl said that the hybrid bird sounded like a freak of nature with its four wings.

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    Tulip hitches a ride in a wheelbarrow belonging to Lyn Newman's granddaughter Nicole Turner

    Tulip hitches a ride in a wheelbarrow belonging to Lyn Newman's granddaughter Nicole Turner

    She said : 'It is very rare for chickens and guinea fowl to breed. I've only known of one other guinea-chick in my many years in the business.

    'It's especially unusual for them to have four wings though - I've never heard of anything like it.

    'It's not dangerous for the two species to breed but they don't tend to go near each other.

    'But obviously a guinea fowl just fancied a chicken for a change. Crosses between species can be very odd looking, and this seems to be no exception.'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...nea-fowl-hybrid-FOUR-wings.html#ixzz0oz4QuBLX
     
  2. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think it's cute as a button
     
  3. chickintexas

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    I don't think it's ugly either. I love to be able to see what it looks like when/if it makes it to adulthood.
     
  4. chickintexas

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    That center picture sure looks photoshopped, though.
     
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    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:it may have been to show the three together
     
  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Um, I don't see four wings? I see an underdevelped chick that's bald that has yet to grow feathers there. Where are the other two wings?
     
  7. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:i'm with you on that... where's the pict to prove the 4 wings? I doesn't look different than any other chick... and that too me sounds like it had a developement issue, not because it was a cross breed... it has a parasitic or non developed twin...(double yolker maybe)....and I don't think they're all that rare either...........someone's looking for a fast buck!
     
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  9. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I read the original article... it seems if you're going to show case a bird with 4 wings... you'd show a picture of the bird showing 4 wings... I think we were disappointed!

    Plus I questioned the author stating that the deformity was a result of cross breeding.... I believe this is incorrect reporting. other wise, Mules should all have 4 ears or something.
     
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:I don't think we were being nasty, just wanting to see the four wings?
     

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