Seller said Dark Brahma... I have doubts!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jennymerchant, May 29, 2012.

  1. jennymerchant

    jennymerchant Hatching

    May 29, 2012
    I brought this girl home with 4 others (different breeds) on May 5. She was the only "Dark Brahma" I ordered. I'm new to chickens so didn't question it when I picked her up but now that I've had her a few weeks, I don't think she is a Brahma - there is no hint of leg/feet feathers, her color isn't anything like a Brahma - she is all black with some gold on her chest (and a LITTLE bit on the back of her neck). She is about 12-13 weeks old. I called the seller who said Brahmas can start off black with gold and change color. Really? I'm looking for a second (and third and fourth and...) opinion. Thanks![​IMG]
  2. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Songster

    Apr 3, 2010
    Nenana, AK
    She also looks like she has a single comb vs a pea comb. No, dark Brahmas don't start out black and gold with clean legs and magically turn black/white partridge pattern with feathered legs as they get older. Looks more like a black sex link to me.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    It's not a Brahma--no feathered legs. Could be a Brahma cross, I guess. The head is shaped like a Brahma and it seems to have a modified pea comb, though the picture is blurred at that location so can't be sure.
    Last edited: May 29, 2012
  4. jennymerchant

    jennymerchant Hatching

    May 29, 2012
    Here is a better pic of her head. You're probably right - black sex link. I was kinda hoping she was a Copper Marans but that was a long shot. I ordered a Brahma because of their gentle nature (I have young kids) and winter hardiness (I'm in the Northeast). I don't want to exchange her for another breed, though - I've gotten quite fond of her! She's definitely the bravest and bossiest of the flock (others are easter-eggers and buff orps). But I won't buy from this seller again, not knowing what I'm getting. [​IMG]
  5. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Lol, I'm sorry but that's no Dark Brahma. You have yourself a Black Sex-link. She'll lay you eggs like crazy, and they are generally pretty docile.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Okay, that picture is better. Yes, I agree on the BSL. The head shape in the first pic looked Brahma-esque, which is why I thought maybe a rooster jumped the fence and it was a possible Brahma cross.
  7. Nsampsel

    Nsampsel Songster

    Mar 6, 2012
    East Central Ohio
    Looks like a Black Star/Black Sex-link to me. Looks just like my girl Blackie. She's a bit younger, but definitely look alikes.
  8. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Songster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    Definitely a Black sex-link or "Black Star".

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