What mix is this?!?! Chicken masters i NEED HELP!!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChickenPeep, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    i have a mixed breed chicken and i have no idea what mix he is.he has extra toes if that would help. i need some people who are really good at figuring out what mix he is. he looks like a black sex link pulet, but im SURE he is a roo. we could go into details, but lets just keep it simple! i got him from tractor supply in the black sex link bin. ive had TONS of topics about him allready but nobody knows.the county fair is coming up soon so i really need to know what mix!!! i really need some experts here! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!if you needs any more pictures please just ask!!![​IMG]

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    notice the very red feathers on his neck.

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    those are the extra toes

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    this is my black sex link pulleet. she is the same age as the mystery chicken above. look at the differences between them!!!









    please help me!!
     
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe that this boy is a Dorking cross of some sort. Is he bantam sized or standard?
     
  3. April's Chicken Ranch

    April's Chicken Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish I could help! He is BEAUTIFUL! [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Quote:what do you mean by bantam sized?
     
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:what do you mean by bantam sized?

    Bantams are miniature chickens, about 1/4 to 1/5 the size of normal (aka "standard") chickens. [​IMG]

    As far as what mix went into making your chicken... [​IMG]
     
  6. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. There are only a few chickens I can think of that have 5 toes (I may be missing one-maybe someone can add if so):
    Dorking: white skin and legs, clean legged
    Houdan: crested and bearded
    Sultan: crested, bearded, feathered feet, muff
    Faverolles: beard, muffs, feathered feet
    Silkie: soft feathers, crest, some with a beard, feathered feet, black skin

    So since everything besides the Dorking has a crest, and/or feathered feet and/or beards I think Dorking is the most likely source for the 5 toes.

    I have no idea for what it is crossed with but he is single combed, yellow shanks (Dorkings are white) so that wold be a good place to start to eliminate breeds that don't fit. I don't think you will ever know for sure what else is in the mix, though just narrow it down to one of several breeds. Sorry.
     
  7. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Quote:what do you mean by bantam sized?

    Bantams are miniature chickens, about 1/4 to 1/5 the size of normal (aka "standard") chickens. [​IMG]

    As far as what mix went into making your chicken... [​IMG]

    he is medium sized definitely not miniature!
     
  8. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. There are only a few chickens I can think of that have 5 toes (I may be missing one-maybe someone can add if so):
    Dorking: white skin and legs, clean legged
    Houdan: crested and bearded
    Sultan: crested, bearded, feathered feet, muff
    Faverolles: beard, muffs, feathered feet
    Silkie: soft feathers, crest, some with a beard, feathered feet, black skin

    So since everything besides the Dorking has a crest, and/or feathered feet and/or beards I think Dorking is the most likely source for the 5 toes.

    I have no idea for what it is crossed with but he is single combed, yellow shanks (Dorkings are white) so that wold be a good place to start to eliminate breeds that don't fit. I don't think you will ever know for sure what else is in the mix, though just narrow it down to one of several breeds. Sorry.

    Wow, you and I have similar minds, that was exactly my train of thought when I suggested Dorking. I'm still scratching my head over the other half too.
     
  9. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    do you think he could be a dorking-black sex link mix?
     
  10. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unlikely, but I guess it depends on if they get their chicks from large hatcheries or from smaller breeders locally.

    A black sex link is created by using a red or maybe black male with a barred female. All of the male chicks will be black with a white spot on their head and will grow in to a barred roo. The girls will be black as chicks and be black with varying degrees of red on the neck and body as a hen. A large hatchery shouldn't be retaining any sex-link parents for breeding since they are a hybrid and won't breed true ( you can read up on sex links here: http://www.ldspreppers.com/showthre...nformation?s=da4a67c3968d790d6079f0636895f103 )

    Possible scenarios to rule out from a large hatchery:
    A-Dorkings used in a sex link cross by accident doesn't look possible
    1-Dorkings don't come in a Cuckoo color (barred) in the states so they shouldn't have any that would have any available to accidentally mix in with the barred hens. Plus even if they did, the boy (you are sure yours is a roo) would display barring.
    2-That means that the Dorking would have come from the dad's side and again, the boy would have a white spot on his head and would be barred.
    B-2 errors simultaneously happening where they mixed a Dorking in the wrong pen to breed to get eggs and they tossed the resulting chick into (wrong) the black sex-link bin. The mix-up could be at the feed store level where they put a chick that looks like a sex link in to in to the wrong bin--I've seen it happen before.

    Now a local breeder could have a Sex Link and cross it with a Dorking and sell the babies to a feed store, although none of the feed stores around here buy locally.

    So I guess after running through the scenarios, I think its very unlikely it is a Dorking Sex Link cross.

    If I were you I would contact your feed store where you got your chick and ask them where they got their chicks from the week you purchased him. The places I have gotten my chicks from will tell me where they order from and which breeds came from which hatcheries. Once its narrowed down you could contact the hatchery (or breeder) and find out what breeds might have been mixed together or send a picture and see if they have guesses.

    Good Luck!
     

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