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what is this black/green chicken?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by igotchickens, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi everyone! i'm new to the forum as far as posting goes, but this has been a great resource for me since I got my chickens 6 weeks ago! I got them, and the coop, off Craigslist but wasn't getting any eggs. After using this forum and making some modifications, one of my hens has FINALLY started laying, one a day so far! They're all between 6 months and a year old, except one RIR, she's two. I think she's the one laying. Anyway, I figured out what breed most of my chickens are, but there is one I can't figure out! She's bigger than all the rest, she's black with black feet, but her feathers shine iridescent green in the sun. Here are some pictures. Can you guys help me out? Thanks!
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  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My guess is Black Australorp.
     
  3. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    100% percent sure its an australorp! i have a purebred one that looks EXACTLY like it
     
  4. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2 Looks just like my Angelia, she is about 18 weeks old.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    What color are the bottom of its feet?
    Most hatchery Black Australorp, Black Jersey Giants and Black Orpingtons look so much the same you cant tell for sure with out knowing the color of the bottom of the feet.

    • Black Jersey Giants - should have Willow/Black legs and Yellow on the bottom of there feet.
    • Black Australorp - should have Black/Slate legs and Pink-ish color on the bottom of there feet.
    • Black Orpingtons - should have Black/Slate legs and White color on the bottom of there feet.
    • Black Sumatra - should have Willow/Black legs and Yellow on the bottom of there feet.
    Chris
     
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  6. lothefarmer

    lothefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all of those hens look fairly young to me.. maybe thats why you arent getting eggs.
     
  7. ND

    ND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that it's a BA, and young... as are nearly all in the photo. Several don't look mature enough, based on comb and wattles, to be laying yet. I'd say they're much closer to 5-6 months, tops, than a year.
     
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    It's either a sumatra or a sumatra cross. BA's do not have gypsey faces.
     
  9. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My money is on Black Giant...they are a little slower to mature than other breeds and that birds comb hasn't even started turning red.
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    pips&peeps :

    It's either a sumatra or a sumatra cross. BA's do not have gypsey faces.

    Very true..
    • Black Sumatra - should have Willow/Black legs and Yellow on the bottom of there feet.

    Chris​
     

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