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We have a mystery chicken! Need help on breed and gender.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jillianjo, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. jillianjo

    jillianjo New Egg

    Mar 17, 2016
    A couple weeks ago, my stepson caught a chicken at a local fair (where they release a bunch of chickens and have kids try to catch them) and begged to take it home. We have always wanted to have a few chickens, but weren't really planning to get any until we moved to a bigger lot. Well, I guess our plans got jumpstarted a little early.

    We built a chicken coop and also have a small enclosed yard that it can roam. We've done lots of research and bought a lot of supplies, so we think we're pretty well equipped for it, but we don't know anything about the chicken itself. We weren't told the age or breed or gender or anything about it. The horrible people at the fair gave the kids a baggie of feed and basically told the parents that the chicken would die within a week anyway. It's been almost 2 weeks though, and s/he seems to be thriving.

    It weighed in yesterday at 9.5 ounces. That's almost double what it weighed 2 weeks ago. We've tried looking online at pictures to compare, and I'd put it around 4 weeks old, but it's hard to say without knowing the breed. It has mostly black feathers, with some reddish brown showing up more recently, and a little bit of white/grey flecks on top of the head. It's been pretty social so far. Sometimes a little skittish when you first pick it up, but it loves just sitting on us.

    Here are some pictures we took today.





    We would love some help with the breed and gender, and possibly the age as well.
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    Rooster-not sure of breed.
  3. jillianjo

    jillianjo New Egg

    Mar 17, 2016

    Anyone else have any ideas on the breed?
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Black Sex-link, possibly a cockerel
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Black Sex-link pullet.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Black sex link or possibly mixed, gold laced ????
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Looks like a Black sexlink pullet to me. Wattles will flush pink when excited or stressed. It's the comb turning red early on, that indicates a cockerel.
  8. jillianjo

    jillianjo New Egg

    Mar 17, 2016

    Ah yes, that would make sense. S/he had just gotten a mealworm as a treat right before that last picture so s/he was very excited trying to find more treats.

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