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4 month old mix chicks... boys or girls??

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My silkies hatched out these EE mix chicks this past June. Up until now, I've always been entirely sure these two were boys because of how much redder their combs were when compared to their sister (who disappeared while free ranging a few weeks ago... RIP Ravenna) but now I'm having my doubts. Although they're nearly four months, they don't seem to be showing any signs of the rooster feathers I would expect to see - but then again, I'm used to my Black Copper Marans where you can tell when they're as young as a few weeks. I need more experienced eyes - what do you think?



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Both are pullets.

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post #3 of 9
Their both pullets, some people get confused on that because sometimes they get red young, but they don't grow and they stay like that until they get to the egg laying age. Yay! big_smile.png
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Ah, wonderful!! I was suspicious when they weren't getting in any sharp saddle feathers... I'm so glad that they're pullets! Thanks to both of you!
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I agree both pullets, with certainty on the first as that is almost always an EE pullet color pattern. 

 

The second is usually an EE male color pattern, but it is very even, and the comb by 4 months would be much bigger with more feather evidence as to male...so I agree that is a pullet.

 

With mixed breeds, especially if you broody hatched them, they can mature and get rosier in the combs a different times/ways with siblings because they are mixed breeds....while they are siblings, what actual genetics they got will factor in differently for each bird...unlike pure breeds, with controlled lines especially, who mature more uniformly.

 

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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #7 of 9

:welcome

 

Pullets :)

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pullets

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Thanks everyone!  :D

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