Originally Posted by trudyg
First off, it is a myth that you can tell sex by holding them in a certain way. I've seen females who act like males even after starting to lay. Anyway, we're finally getting drier here and I was able to get some pictures. All are between 15-16 weeks old. Here goes:
In this, #1, I'm curious about the speckled one in the foreground.
Hen, male Silver Laced Wyandottes are much more silvery
#2, the same speckled and the one to the right.
# 3 is the same speckled and black but a different view.
Dull black one hen (shiny one rooster)
#4, I think both are girls.
Looks like both hens
#5 is my Polish. Pretty sure he's a boy--and, wow, is he peckish. He's going in the pot when I butcher, pain in the ***.
Yup, boy. Feed him tons of carrots and celery (one year our turkeys ate our entire field of carrots, celery and kale about 2 weeks before we processed them and the meat was flavored by it, it was the best thanksgiving turkey our family had ever had)
#6. I'm curious about the black one where you don't see a head, the brown on with the less-red comb, and the white one.
Black shiny one looks like a gamefowl rooster and buff one looks like a roo also. The white one has a very hen-like shape so I'd say she's a female.
#7 is my little red hen, but those tail feathers have me wondering. Also, lately she's been running at me from behind and pecking my boots. The boots have polka-dots on them, so I think she's going after the dots but, then again, she'll be right on my heels. If I stop short she runs into me. Not attacking me, but I'm afraid I'll step on her. If she's not a she then she'll be on the list.
Looks like a hen
#8 is my golden (buff orp?) that I'm thinking is a boy, the same white and black ones as in previous pictures.
Buff looks like a boy, Buff Orpington roosters seem to mature slower than most roosters other breeds. The white and black ones look like hens.
Any opinions as to breed and sex is appreciated. I am starting to 'see' differences in the neck feathering, but my eyes aren't so good and, by the time my eyes focus, the bird has moved. So, I can't really see much neck feathering on the black and white other than the tail. The birds I have that are different colors (such as my black birds with green sheen and some brown) there's enough contrast that I could tell hackles and saddles pretty quick.
These are all dual purpose that I got for meat and, hopefully, some females to build a flock. The cuckoo marans in #1 and the naked neck in # 6 are the males I plan to keep and then choose between them. The cuckoo is crowing and he moved himself into the big girls coop several weeks ago. As always, if one becomes a pain or my grands are scared of them, they'll go pdq. Thanks to all of you and have a Happy New Year.