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Bantam Wheaten Ameraucanas: Do I have a pair?

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This is just the first of a soon-to-come series of "Is this a pullet or a cockerel?", I'm just warning you, since I got 15 straight run bantams recently. :P

 

Originally I thought I had two Wheaten pullets, but now I'm pretty sure I have a pullet and a cockerel. Any thoughts or confirmation? I'm well aware that it's pretty early to tell as they're only 2 weeks of age.

This is the little cutie I'm suspecting....

Notice how dark those shoulder pads are already.

This is an area on "his" chest, and I really got worried when I noticed that they were growing in black towards the shaft area.

Now for my pullet (I'm pretty sure it's a she).

Note how she's MUCH lighter in coloration.

Thanks!

-Alex


Edited by Alexandra33 - 3/10/16 at 10:01am

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 12 EE chicks, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! Awaiting my bantam BURD babies....

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 12 EE chicks, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! Awaiting my bantam BURD babies....

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Too early to tell, sometimes chicks feathers come in as different colors than the adult plumage, like barring on RIR wings as chicks as an example.
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Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

Too early to tell, sometimes chicks feathers come in as different colors than the adult plumage, like barring on RIR wings as chicks as an example.

Thanks so much for the input! :D

 

You're right; I'm positive "Ling" is a cockerel, though, because even since I took pictures for this thread, he's grown in quite a bit of black and deep red. After having looked at lots of pictures of Wheaten Ameraucanas and threads on the breed, I've come to the conclusion that females feather in light-colored, and males show much darker, richer colors. I'm actually planning on keeping him as a long as he's good with kids and doesn't follow in the footsteps of T.Roo. :) That boy turned out to be a load of trouble, and is no more.

 

-Alex

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 12 EE chicks, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! Awaiting my bantam BURD babies....

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 12 EE chicks, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! Awaiting my bantam BURD babies....

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My instincts about my own birds are usually correct, there are things that can't be picked up by photos and can only be seen in person, like attitude.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
Reply
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

My instincts about my own birds are usually correct, there are things that can't be picked up by photos and can only be seen in person, like attitude.

:goodpost:I couldn't agree more!

 

-Alex

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 12 EE chicks, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! Awaiting my bantam BURD babies....

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 12 EE chicks, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! Awaiting my bantam BURD babies....

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