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Delaware roo or pullet?

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hoping i still have a chance she's a she, but not sure :/ 9wks old... i have a couple pics of tail feathers, but my phone died before i could load them.. they are black but not solid, they have white on them too

ideas???

 

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That's a bit more red than I'd like to see at 9 weeks, but the comb is small. Delawares mature quickly, and you've got them maturing outside in the lengthening days, so maturity will come even sooner.

 

So, there is a chance this could be a maturing female who will lay a bit earlier (maybe by 18 to 20 weeks).

 

Watch the comb. If it gains in size and gets even redder, you will have a male. Also watch for curling tail feathers and any hint of saddle....right now, from that photo, I think it all looks pretty rounded for hen feathering (maybe a little hackle spike, but I've had plenty of girls with that too).

 

Both male and female Delawares have black/stripped trimmed tails...the males do have more tail trim than the females.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 4/13/16 at 9:15pm
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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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 #3 of 3

a lot of things to look out for.  Hope you end up with pullets

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