What breed is she?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jrose, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got some "battery hens" from the local factory in spring 2012. One of the girls is very pretty, and the closest breed I've found to her is the phoenix I think. Attached are some photos. Her beak had been clipped down heavily and grew back cockeyed, but she manages just fine. She's also blind in one eye. She rarely ever lays, but when she does they're small pure-white eggs. She's a cool hen! Any ideas on what she might be?
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  2. BettyBlueSilkie

    BettyBlueSilkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    must be a dorking (I know for sure)THE CUTEST CHICKEN EVER!!
     
  3. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought dorkings were characterized by really short legs? Her legs seem very proportionate to me. I'm new to chickens so I could be totally wrong there. I can see some similarities comparing to photos on the web....
     
  4. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just did a little searching on breeds.

    Dorking:
    Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
    Rarity: Rare
    Purpose: Dual
    Recognized Varieties: White (Rose Comb); Silver-Gray, Colored and Red (Single Comb)
    Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
    Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
    Egg Size: Medium
    Comb Type: Depends on Variety
    Crested: No
    Feathered Legs: No
    Number of Toes: 5

    Phoenix:

    Size: Small (4-5 lbs)
    Rarity: Common
    Purpose: Ornamental
    Recognized Varieties: Silver, Gold
    Egg Laying: Poor (1/wk)
    Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
    Egg Size: Medium
    Comb Type: Single Comb
    Crested: No
    Feathered Legs: No
    Number of Toes: 4

    She's no more than 3 or 4 lbs and she's not thin or underweight. She lays extremely infrequently. Usually I'll get one every day or two for a week then nothing for a month. Her eggs are small and pure white. She definitely only has 4 toes. I don't know what a "single comb" is...
     
  5. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh, now I found the "Light brown leghorn" which looks even more similar to her!

    Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
    Rarity: Rare
    Purpose: Egg-laying
    Recognized Varieties: Dark Brown, Light Brown, White, Black, Buff, Silver, Black-Tailed Red, Columbian, Golden Duckwing
    Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
    Egg Color: White
    Egg Size: Large
    Comb Type: Depends on Variety
    Crested: No
    Feathered Legs: No
    Number of Toes: 4

    Size is still off, production is off, although her eggs ARE white.


    I'm seeing photos that look almost exactly the same of birds that are supposed to be completely different varieties! How do people do this? :p
     
  6. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's most likely a leghorn or leghorn mix. How old is she? Her production may be an indication of old age. Also... I don't think factories would keep ornamental, poor-laying hens like a phoenix. Definitely not a dorking since she doesn't have five toes. Besides... I was under the impression that phoenix and dorkings were rare. Definitely not the kind of chicken to be in a factory setting.
     
  7. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea how old she is. I got her with 8 other random breeds, and of the original amount I only have 2 left (split some with neighbors then someone's dog killed a few. Gr.) The other girl lays blue eggs and lays daily still.
    Butch here, who we are talking about, used to lay maybe every other day...? After our first winter together she's mostly stopped laying. I don't notice anymore. She doesn't eat much and isn't a bother to keep around. Iv'e maybe gotten 10 eggs out of her this year? She hasn't changed visually at all. Her comb and waddles still look red and have a sheen.
     
  8. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since she's a battery hen, she may be running low on eggs... These hens are usually kept in brightly lit environments their whole lives, in order to keep them laying 24/7. Hens are hatched with the amount of eggs they will produce in their lifetime already. Even if she is young, she may have used up a lot of her eggs by now. [​IMG]
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's a light brown leghorn hen.
     
  10. Jrose

    Jrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good point on the battery hen observation, Cheyen. She's such a neat bird I'm just gonna keep her around one way or another.

    And Donrae, I agree. Now that I've discovered this breed, I think so too!
     

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