What breed is this stray chicken?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by gypsymags, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. gypsymags

    gypsymags New Egg

    Apr 23, 2013
    Yesterday I rescued a stray chicken from a neighbor’s yard down the street. She looks like she was attacked by a large animal. Most of her neck feathers are missing and she has a V-shaped gash in the front of her neck. I suspect a dog or coyote grabbed her by the neck and she managed to work herself free leaving the predator instead with a mouthful of feathers. So here are my questions:

    1. What breed do you think she is? She is very dark brown almost black with black legs and a single comb.
    2. How old do you think she is? She stands slightly upright, so my though was that she was a pullet that hasn’t begun laying yet. Are there any typical indicators of age on a chicken?
    3. How long does it take skin to heal after feathers are ripped out? The bare area around her neck isn’t red or prickly where the feathers were ripped out. The skin looks just like healthy skin, but sans feathers. If I know how long it takes the skin to heal, then maybe I can figure out how long ago she was attacked and therefore how long she has been on the run.
    4. Along the same lines as the previous question. How long does it take a wound to heal? The gash on the neck wasn’t openly bleeding at all. It had a nicely setup scab that could move and flex with the rest of the skin. There is some drainage where it is a little infected, but overall not bad considering the extent of the injury. Again, if I can figure out how long it takes that wound to scab over that well – maybe I can figure out how long she’s been a stray. And if I can figure that out, maybe it will help me locate the possible owners.

    Here’s some pictures of her:


    Last edited: Jun 2, 2016
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015
  3. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2015
    Just a guess..Buckeye
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    Looks like a Black Jersey Giant, maybe a Black Australorp to me but I'm leaning heavily to a Jersey Giant. Definitely not a buckeye. She's doesn't look real old to me, I'd say 10-18 months old. I don't think she is a pullet and I don't think she is two yet. Like Chicklover said, chickens do heal up very quickly and don't usually get infection "if the wound is cleaned well" on their own. I would clean it with peroxide and just keep an eye on her. Also isolate her, other chickens are likely to pick at her wound.
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015
  7. mannedwolfy

    mannedwolfy Just Hatched

    Mar 19, 2017
    Not about the injury, but looks like a black jersey giant from what i can tell.

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