What looks like a leghorn but

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sonoran Silkies, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    has red earlobes? Do hatchery leghorns ever?

    I was down at the stalls feeding some of my birds, and looked up and there was what looked like a white leghorn hen in with my birds. I have the only chickens there, although there are neighbros all around, and some of their birds wander. As I looked more closely, I saw that she has red earlobes. Build is very much a leghorn, not at all like a white rock. Dark yellow legs and beak. Size would fit a hatchery bird. Single comb, no features that lead me to think of any other breed. I didn't have my camera, and while the stall gate was open she scooted out, so I don't know if I'll see her again.
     
  2. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    can u post a pic? and ive had hatchery birds that were suppose to have white earloabs have red.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    She's not my bird, just happened to be in with mine, then took off. I don't know if I will see her again. I would suspect that hatchery birds could have hte wrong earlobe colour--goodness knows they are not bred (nor intended to be) to the standard, but rather for production. She was a nice looking bird in good condition, just threw me first to see a strange bird in with mine, and then to try to ID her and come up sort of blank.
     
  4. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    lol ya hatcherys dont breed for quality thats for sure. soo it was most likely a hatchery leghorn or somthing else. ill c if i can find anything simalar to leghorns with red earloabs.
     
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    white rock?
     
  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Not a white rock, looks similar to a Leghorn (single comb included)?

    If a hatchery bird, the only thing that comes to mind is a Kraienkoppe. If non-hatchery, could be a game possibly, or cross of some breeds? Kraienkoeppe shouldn't have single combs, but they throw them in the US due to bad breeding (as they're practically only carried by hatcheries though there are small groups here and there).

    Would have to see the bird to make a closer guess.


    God bless,
    Daniel.
     
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  7. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know what age the hen could be? A Leghorn should have a large floppy comb at least when laying. Other possibilities might be a White Plymouth Rock or Rhode Island White, both having red earlobes and yellow legs, but heavier built and somewhat smaller combs than adult Leghorn. If she is young, then she could be White Plymouth Rock or Rhode Island White and just not filled out yet. If she is older (adult) then she could be a Leghorn (with red earlobes?) or a mix.
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:Would have to be what Hatcheries are calling a Rhode Island White, if one at all.
    True Rhode Island Whites are a Rose Comb breed.

    Chris
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    pips&peeps :

    white rock?

    Well, that was all I could come up with, but type sure didn't look like a rock--much too long & narrow a build.​
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Comb was not large and floppy (I should have thought of that!), so could be a young bird, and that could account for type not being rock-like. I am so used to seeing huge exhibition white rocks that the size might have thrown me off, too.

    I should probably ask around the neighborhood and see if anyone has a roaming white hen.
     
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