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Barnevelder Chicks Roos?

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I hatched 5 Barnevelder chicks and 6 Golden Penciled Hamburgs.  The Barnevelders look like giants next to the hamburgs so that might be part of my confusion. PLus I'm a first time chicken mama.

All my Barnies have giant thick legs and are looking pretty roostery to me.  Could I have hatched 5 roosters? Is anyone familiar with Barnevelder chicks?  Do I just have to wait or are there any clues?  They are 2 weeks today.
Is there hope that some or all are pullets?

The gang:

http://krisallyn.com/2weeks/bin/images/large/IMG_2527.jpg

They all look like this:

http://krisallyn.com/2weeks/bin/images/large/IMG_2552.jpg

Closeup of the head:

http://krisallyn.com/2weeks/bin/barniehead.jpg


Edited by mediazeal - 4/30/09 at 3:12pm
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I just love the white eyeliner. I thought when my Barnies arrived @ 1-2 day olds the one I picked up had crusties on it's eye until I looked closer...

I was amazed at how fast there feathers started growing...


Sorry...I couldn't tell at that age what sex they were.

They are so cute....Oh Yes...Congratulation on your Barnie Hatch!!!!

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(5) White Holland Turkey...(1) Hen [mixed breed]...(10) Barnevelders...(2) Blue Cochins...(2) Partridge Cochins...(6) Cornish X...(1) ?...(3) Horses <Tobiano Paint, Spotted Tennessee Walker and a Dun>...(1) Newfoundlands...(2) cats...(1) CAG (Congo African Grey)...(6) Ducks
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I think it is best to compare like to like.  They are still too young to tell unless you have a clear sign that one (or more) is different.

Prime Example:  My former (I say former, they are being rehomed this weekend) D'Uccle chicks at 1 1/2 weeks and then 2 weeks old.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27583_100_0650.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27583_100_0654.jpg

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Wife to DH (30) and Mama to J.D. (cat, 11 yo), Angel(cat, 9 yo), Jasper (cat, 8 yo), Tyson (dog, 5yo), Leo (cat, 4 yo), Aiden (son, 3 yo), Lily (daughter, 1 yo), Dalila (EE, 4 wo), Miliani (EE, 4 wo), Addie (Dominique, 3 wo), Xanthe (Salmon Faverolle, 1 wo), Ballari (delaware, 1 wo), Lacey (andalusian, 1 wo)
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We have Barnies and I'm can't remember exactly but I think we knew for sure our sexes of them by 6-7 wks.  Our other ones the same age (barred  rocks) we still aren't  100% of but the barnie roo has a very clear waddle and comb and the other 3 do not at all have anything.

 

 

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post #5 of 10

Based on how they are feathering, I would say that the 2 on the left in the first picture are cockerel's and the one in the 2nd picture is a pullet.  Can you see how much longer her feathers are on both her wings and her tail?  I have Barnie's that are going on 4 weeks old and I was able to tell one they were about a week old based on how they were feathering.  I guess there is a chance that I have guessed them wrong, but looking at the ones I am fairly certain are pullets compared to the ones that I think are cockerels, there are obvious differences in their feathers.

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Originally Posted by steffpeck 

Based on how they are feathering, I would say that the 2 on the left in the first picture are cockerel's and the one in the 2nd picture is a pullet.  Can you see how much longer her feathers are on both her wings and her tail?  I have Barnie's that are going on 4 weeks old and I was able to tell one they were about a week old based on how they were feathering.  I guess there is a chance that I have guessed them wrong, but looking at the ones I am fairly certain are pullets compared to the ones that I think are cockerels, there are obvious differences in their feathers.


Interesting.  That one has very thick legs, which I took as a roo characteristic
and I thought the feathers were a little longer because she was the first one hatched.  They were hatched over 3 days.
I sure hope you are right.  I'd love to have some pullets in the bunch that I can keep.
I have to find homes for all the cockerels.  So if anyone wants a barnevelder cockerel from good lines let me know.  I'm in Sacramento.

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When I was out with my Barnevelder chicks last night, I noticed how red some of the combs were getting, and they are the ones that I had pegged as cockerels based on their feathering.   Here is a good link to show feather sexing,  I am sure it is not 100% but so far it has been really close when I have used it on my chicks.  I hope it is right, I have 9 BBS Orp's that hatched last week and based on their feathering it appears that I have 9 pullets and 1 cockerel.  I used this same method on some other orps that are a bit older and it appears to have been accurate with them also. 

http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/reprod/ReproTech/Feathersex/sld001.htm


Edited by steffpeck - 5/4/09 at 1:17pm

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Wife to an amazing Hubby, Mom to 3 great kids (McKinley 13, Dallin 10, Aiden 5), 1 Sheltie, 4 Cats, 13 Dexters with 7 new calves coming in March,  Too many chickens to list.  Welcome to the Funny Farm!!

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post #8 of 10

On my orps the females all had tails before the males.  My brother also noticed that on his bantys.  Jean

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  Love 1 hb,,  my children, many grands, one spoiled rotten cat,  mtns, chicks, crochet, lots of friends. My hens and a few sweet roos      NPIP 55928
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post #9 of 10

I am so in love with this breed. I really want next year's babies to be barnies, but I also want to let a broody hen raise some babies. I feel like a lot of responsibility comes with breeding a rare bird like that and the whole mess of genetics and breed standard is pretty daunting.. do you breed them or are they from another farm. do you have any advice?

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Originally Posted by opalwednesday View Post

I am so in love with this breed. I really want next year's babies to be barnies, but I also want to let a broody hen raise some babies. I feel like a lot of responsibility comes with breeding a rare bird like that and the whole mess of genetics and breed standard is pretty daunting.. do you breed them or are they from another farm. do you have any advice?

Hi Opal! I just brought home my 5, 2-week old Barnevelder chicks on Tuesday. I'm not sure which, if any, are pullets. I can't keep roosters where I live but I would be glad to give you any roo's I have if you're interested? I'm located in the Bay Area (East Bay). Let me know!

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