What breed is Eleanor?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RCCheshire, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. RCCheshire

    RCCheshire Out Of The Brooder

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    We bought Miss Eleanor along with a few other hens from a friend's farm. Is she a specific breed or just a mix? I love her to bits and am just curious as to what she is. Thanks in advance!!

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Miss Eleanor is a very pretty crossbred. By any chance does she lay blue or green eggs? Even with those pale legs she may very well be an Easter Egger.
     
  3. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah what color eggs does she lay? She fits the profile of an Easter Egger crossed with a heavy breed of some sort.

    Will be hard to guess what the heavy breed could be.. her body type is rather different from typical mixes. Tempting to say something like English orpington or a show bred wyandotte but wyandottes have rose combs, so her comb really should be walnut instead of a simple pea comb (walnut is genetically rose and pea comb on the same bird. It's usually a rounded looking comb)
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I want to know what color eggs, also [​IMG]

    she's a pretty puzzle. the body shape makes me think Wyandotte, but with those white legs it could be Orpington instead (white skin is dominant). But the pea type comb means there shouldn't be Wyandotte.....she's very pretty. this is one of the reasons I love mixed breed birds, they don't look just like everyone else's!
     
  5. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, you're seeing wyandotte too?

    The white skin could be from EE so the wyandotte cross idea still works in that regard. You also know how single comb floats around in wyandottes so this idea can't be totally ruled out but it'd be an amazing chance for her to be pea combed instead of walnut.

    Her feather patterning could be from cross with a laced bird but it is not impossible for no lacing involved because the genes that make up for lacing is also common in other breeds. Agghhh so hard to guess lol
     
  6. RCCheshire

    RCCheshire Out Of The Brooder

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    She lays an almost olive colored egg.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Miss Eleanor is beautiful, you bought yourself a very nice hen - I think she is EE too, love her puffy cheeks
     
  8. donrae

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    I'd not thought about white skin under the dermal layer on an Ee. Could very well be a Wyandotte/EE cross, with the Wyandotte having a recessive straight comb gene, so the pea comb dominated. The shape just says Wyandotte to me, and a nicer quality one at that. So maybe weird it would have the recessive straight comb gene, although I've seen some pretty nice shaped Wyandottes come from hatcheries on this board.

    Truth is, you'll never know for sure what cross she is. We can give educated guesses but that's about it. As I said, she's a very nice looking hen---if you're tired of her, send her my way [​IMG].

    I love the mental exercise of trying to ID these mixed breeds.......just wish there was some way to know the "right" answer so we could know how we did!
     
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  9. RCCheshire

    RCCheshire Out Of The Brooder

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    She lays a weird almost olive colored egg. She is probably the nicest hen I have, just above my australorp, Ethel. And she's definitely the rooster's favorite now too. He is always next to her and the one he breeds with the most (that I see anyway). The flock hasn't really embraced the other two newer hens (both obviously EEs and very high strung) but Eleanor has quickly made her way to the top half of the pecking order.

    Sorry to ramble. I just love observing the relationships between the chickens and getting to know each one of their personalities! Thank you guys for your help and the kind words about my Elli! I had Googled and Googled trying to figure out what she could be!
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Ramble away! That's what this forum is for, learning and sharing our experiences.

    Folks who have never really observed animal behavior get fascinated by watching a flock. I enjoy learning the differences between their mental processes and social structure vs my other animals. Who needs Netflix? I've got chickens!
     

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