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
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.