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Who am I? Need Breed ID for mystery red pullet

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by psymonetta, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. psymonetta

    psymonetta Out Of The Brooder

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    This is Meg. Meg was expected to be a Buff Orpington, but has decided that she is a red chicken with a few randomly scattered white and black speckles, not a Buff Orpington. We are a bit confused, because she has white legs...and for a very long time we thought she'd just grow out of her red coloring. But now, she's not really growing up to be shaped like a Buff Orpington either. It's really obvious when she's hanging out next to our very broad, puffy, blonde Buff Orpington chick Lulu. Even her head is a different shape.

    So, Meg does not know what kind of chicken she is. Do you?

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  2. OldMORoo

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    Looks like a RIR to me, but legs look like their yellow. [​IMG]
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  3. psymonetta

    psymonetta Out Of The Brooder

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    She was also a buff yellow chick too...not reddish at all. She didn't start turning red until her feathers came in. All the pics of RIR chicks I have seen, they are either red or brownish-red from the get go.

    [​IMG] I agree!
     
  4. OldMORoo

    OldMORoo Out Of The Brooder

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    With a buff chick fuzz, could be a RSL/Star
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My own Meg is a RIR/Buff Orp cross. Her legs are white due to the Orp influence and her color is flaming red with a few black stipples in her hackles that you can only see close up. Did she come from a hatchery?

    My Nutmeg as a baby, then an adult:
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  6. psymonetta

    psymonetta Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, she came from Ideal. They are total look-alikes!

    That's so funny that we picked the same name for similar chickens.
     
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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, except for the white legs, she could be a production red (reddish as chicks) or a New Hampshire (they are yellow as chicks). The white legs are what's throwing me. If she was a NH or RIR crossed with Buff Orpington, that would explain the white legs.
     
  8. psymonetta

    psymonetta Out Of The Brooder

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    Because they're so similar...I'm inclined to think it's more likely that a RIR roo paid and unauthorized visit to a BO hen and the result was Ms. Meg.

    Your Meg is a lovely gal...so I have high hopes for mine.
     
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  9. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    My production red started out as a buff colored chick,

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    then turned red when all her feathers came in,

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    but.... she does have yellow legs.

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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    White skin is dominant, so I'd say your Meg, like mine, has a white skinned/white-legged parent. Looks like someone did make an unauthorized visit, LOL.
     

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