She was supposed to be an Americauna...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Earthwise, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Earthwise

    Earthwise In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    My chicken was bought from a large feed store, and I hear they aren't known for getting the breed names right, especially when it comes to Americaunas- which is what Jenny was listed as. Usually they are actually easter eggers? But I've seen some pictures of other breeds and wondering if she just got put in the wrong bin. She looked slightly different from her cage mates. Wondering after seeing a picture of a copper maran online if she might be that because of the feather pattern. However, her comb is virtually nonexistent at nearly 20 weeks old. She has the tiniest little sprout of a comb that appeared after these pictures. She has absolutely no fluffy cheeks that Americaunas are supposed to have.
    Would love to hear some others guesses.[​IMG]
  2. Earthwise

    Earthwise In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    This is the picture I saw online that got me thinking about black copper maran because of the feather patterning. But my girl is definitely lacking that comb.[​IMG]
  3. ambergds

    ambergds In the Brooder

    May 18, 2016
    She is an Easter egger. They don't always have muffs. I have two right now that don't have muffs and one looks pretty similar to yours.
  4. PhoenixFan

    PhoenixFan In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2016
    Northern Illinois
    She definitely resembles a copper maran. When she starts laying, make sure to pay attention what color egg she lays. That might hint to what breed she is. I hope I could help! [​IMG]
  5. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Songster

    Mar 19, 2016
    35.107651, -81.210357
    My Coop
    Yeah, whenever you buy from a feed store bin there is always the chance of misplacement, and not always from previous customers either. One of my "Easter Egger pullets" turned out to be a Black Australorp, another decided that laying the other hens would be more fun than laying eggs (He's already started practicing, much to the immature hen's dismay!). And feed stores/hatcheries never sell actual Ameraucanas, those you need to get from a breeder, and aren't easy to find either.

    I agree, your EE does look a lot like a Marans. Was the store selling Marans as well? There is another possibility too; one of her parents may have had Marans blood. If so you may have gotten what is commonly known as an Olive Egger. You'll know once she starts laying.

    Dark brown=Marans
    Dark green=Olive Egger

    Good luck. Either way, you still have a gorgeous bird!
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2016
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  6. gonehencrazy

    gonehencrazy Songster

    Jul 6, 2016

    I almost DIED!!! [​IMG]
  7. Earthwise

    Earthwise In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    Thanks all! I'll let you know when she lays her first egg if it's an olive egger (or dark chocolatey brown!). That would be lovely!
    I don't think they had any marans at the store where I bought her- but good point on the parentage. Easter eggers are basically mutts with a good chance of having a colorful egg is my understanding. So she could have a parent or grandparent who was a maran. We think she's pretty fantastic and gorgeous no matter what kind she is.
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    She's an Easter egger. Clean faced (non-bearded) birds are pretty common the last few years.

    her comb is a pea comb. that's why it looks so small.

    Black copper Marans are larger, fluffier, and wider bodied. They have straight combs. They're solid black, with just the copper around the neck. they also have white skin.
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  9. HomeSweetFarm

    HomeSweetFarm In the Brooder

    Aug 12, 2016
    I don't think this looks like a copper maran. I think she looks like an Easter egger. I have one with muffs and one without. That is perfectly normal.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    x 2 junebuggena

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