What is the Makeup of This Hen? Thought I Knew, but...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by speckledhen, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Some of you already have seen this hen and know who she is, but pretend you are seeing her for the first time and use your critical eye to guess what breeds might be in her ancestry. She can really fly, unlike all my other hens.


    This is the egg she lays, hardly larger than my bantam Cochin's egg:

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Is that Tiny?

    I see resemblance to Ameraucana's, but she's more lean like a game type hen. And the brown egg confuses me, she's got a pea comb.
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    First thing I thought when I seen her was game. It looks like she has some of one of the long neck games in her, like aseel or malay maybe? Whatever she is, she is very nice looking.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yup, that's Tiny. She is a fierce little hen and I'm beginning to think there is something in her ancestry along the game lines, but I would love for folks who have more experience with those type breeds to chime in. I did hatch her here, but nothing about her is telling me that she is what I thought she was, nothing at all. This little gal has some respectable spurs on her. She's a good little layer, even though her eggs are quite small. That's another thing about her that is weird, her egg size. My banty Cochin, Shadow, lays an egg about the same size as Tiny's.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2011
  5. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Songster

    Jun 30, 2008
    My first guess was game. Her face looks a bit like my barnevelders...
  6. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

    Oct 6, 2010
    westville ok
    Quote:x2 the first thing i se is ASEEL or-- SHAMO or-- MAYLAY she has that long neck firase look and is verry pritty
  7. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    If I didn't know any better Cyn, I'd say one of Kathy's Icelandic boys flew the coop and had an afternoon tryst with one of your Amer girls!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Sorry sweetie! I have no clue! But dang it all! She's such a pretty little thing. If I could only convince you to ship her, I'd take her in a heartbeat and give Tiny her very own little coop to share with anyone she wanted too. What a pretty little thing, and I love the fact that she still demands all of the attention she can get! You know me and the special needs birds. I just can't resist them! [​IMG]
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Oh, Amy, you don't want this little spitfire! She is insistent on attention and unlike Gypsy or Charlotte, if she doesn't get it, she bites. Heck, if you push her away, she comes back fighting. I'm dead serious. She will even flog if you keep pushing her away. I am trying to rehome her because she needs more attention than she is getting and I am expanding my flock so she will get even less.

    What I'm doing is hatching to have a large group to pick from so I can replace my elderly ladies as they pass on to that Great Roost in the Sky. Tiny will definitely be lost in the shuffle when those new ones are put into the flock. Her bad eyesight is what I'm sure is to blame for her personality. She has to be tough in a group where everyone is higher ranking than she is and she can't really see well enough to avoid predators, etc. She was spoiled rotten as a chick and now, insists that all attention is paid to her. She calms down with lots of attention, but heck, I can't cater to her the way she wants. She needs to be in a small flock where someone can lavish tons of attention on her and let her be a pet.

    Thanks to all who are giving input here. I will tell you that Tiny did hatch from a blue egg, but her tail set, her entire body type, her brown egg, her eye color, all tell me she has something in her ancestry that I didn't expect. I've seen game hens who look almost identical to her. Even her pea comb is not a good pea at all, so she definitely isn't pure for pea comb, IMO. I think there was a single comb in her gene pool somewhere.
  9. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    I think tiny is a great little hen I love chickens that are different I have 2 barnyard mixes and they are great. I have no idea what she might be mixed with but I love her expressions.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    She's a BIG personality in a little body, that's for sure! [​IMG]

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