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What breed is Suzie?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by shadowmane, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, back when we got our chicks, we got one out of the "black sex link" box. It was a brown chick. We named her Suzie. She is now 3 weeks old (give or take a day). Here she is in all her glory.


    Behind here are 3 as yet un-named Silver Laced Wyandottes, and one Americauna, who we've named Thelma. I picked her up and carried her over to the nearby bathroom for some cameo pics. Poor thing was shivering. First picture is white washed with the flash. Second picture, is fuzzy, but not flash.



    So my question is this. Is Suzie a black sex link? Or is she something else?
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    She could be, she has the coloring forming on her back. Maybe when her feathers come in more it'll be more visible
  3. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2012
    Serenity Valley
    I have a sneaking suspicion that she was misplaced in that black sex link bin. And that comb of hers is awfully large for a pullet, but chicks are often unpredictable. There are not too many purebred chicks that start out brown like the first photo, so I don't really have a guess. She could be that 1 in 500 genetic anomaly that hatch out of sex-links every now and then. She's definitely a pretty little thing.
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    I think you ended up picking up a RIR or Production Red chick that got mistakenly placed in the wrong bin. She should have been black from day one if she was a BSL. They only develop reddish brown later around the head when they feather out, not completely brown.
  5. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's bigger than all the rest because the Sex Links were delivered to the farm supply store a week before the Wyandottes. She's been bigger than the rest of them all along because she is about a week older. She is 3 weeks old. The rest are 2 weeks old. I have had a little suspicion that our Suzie is a rooster, but I'll wait on that one.

    It would be nice if she is a Production Red, given that bird's egg production rate.
  6. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Is it just the camera, or do I already see shiny feathers? Hens don't get shiny feathers. My araucana boys started getting them around 5 weeks. I'id keep a close eye on that one - will be beautiful regardless. What else did the feed store have available at the time you got it?
  7. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    The Wyandottes, some broilers, and some un-named breed banties. They Americaunas came in the next day. We bought the 7 Wyandottes and Suzie on Leap Day.

    As for the shine, I'll have to look again, but I think its some white in her wing feathers.

    Now that brings up another question. If Suzie turns out to be a rooster, will breeding her (ur...um... him?) and the Wyandottes produce sex links?
  8. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Gold rooster over silver hen... you will have red sex links. Males will be light colored (silver) and females will be dark (gold). The degree of coloration will depend on the parents. Sometimes it's as minor in chicks as just the fuzz on their face - yellow vs. white.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information will give you all the info you could dream of for breeding sex-linked chicks.
  9. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, I had seen that thread before. It would be a group 1 male vs group 2a female cross.

    I looked at the chick in question today. Seems like I'm seeing two different red colors in the wing. A lighter red at the base of the wing, and a darker red towards the tip. Also, the tail feathers are short. My Wyandottes already have tail feathers that are longer. Even the Americaunas have longer tail feathers.

    I'm going to keep my eye on this one. When I originally asked this question, it was just to find out what breed I was dealing with. Now I'm finding out I might be dealing with a rooster. Something I wasn't prepared for. [​IMG]
  10. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    this is what a black sex link pullet chick should look like. They can have differnt colored feet and beaks. but downs the same

    yours looks to be something else
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012

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