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What breed of hen is this, anyone?????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by crj, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I just got this hen today. Someone gave her to an older gentlemen in Sep. Said she has not laid any eggs so that tells me she may be young. To him it is just a chicken, meaning he didn't know the breed..... lol. He has bantams (doesn't know the breed either) and this chicken was a little big for his birds. Very sweet man..... lol. Loves his bantams though.

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  2. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, is she a large fowl?

    The color is Birchen. As for the breed... perhaps a Marans?
     
  3. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is Iowa Blue
     
  4. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Quote:I thought the white on the IB's was heavier, extending down into the breast?
     
  5. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not all of them. I have one from Ideal-she is even darker.
     
  6. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, Iowa blue.
     
  7. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, she isn't that large. Bigger then a batam though. I have a feeling she is still young. I've never heard of an Iowa Blue. How interesting. I will have to look up that breed. She is pretty. I hvaen't heard of a Birchen either! I'll look that breed up as well. Thanks.

    I looked up the 2 breeds and she does look more like a Birchen.
     
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  8. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Quote:No, she isn't that large. Bigger then a batam though. I have a feeling she is still young. I've never heard of an Iowa Blue. How interesting. I will have to look up that breed. She is pretty. I hvaen't heard of a Birchen either! I'll look that breed up as well. Thanks.

    I looked up the 2 breeds and she does look more like a Birchen.

    Yep, well, if she's small but bigger than the bantams I'd say it's likely that she's an IB. They're pretty rare. She's a pretty hen [​IMG]
     
  9. Emptywagon2

    Emptywagon2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new and still learning so please don't get mad...but that looks like a roo to me. Do I see saddle feathers and hackle feathers? The comb look really red for a young bird too. Not knowing much about the breed, I might be mistaken. [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nobody's gonna get mad [​IMG]

    The redness of the comb is due to her beginning to lay. However, it's not nearly large enough for a males.

    You don't see saddle feathers. Well, you do see them but they are not the saddle feathers of the roo. The hackle feathers may look male to you due to the color compared to the black base color. This is what the hackle/saddle feathers of a male look like this -

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