Just acquired these guys and gals today (hence the cardboard box…and hey,at $2/ea who could resist?!) and I believe they are 6-8 weeks old, all seem quite healthy.
I'm new to Wyandotte's and was wondering if you could explain the colors to me? I've read through page after page of Wyandotte threads on here, and my head is spinning.
Sorry you can't see this guy's head, but I'm 100% positive he's a he. But I don't know what you call his coloring? He's the only one this color in my bunch. Is it a splash?
Pretty sure this one is a rooster, too.
(I'm guessing roo on the left, and hopefully pullet on the right? From what I've been reading (can you tell I've been reading? Ha!) the roos have less lacing on the wing feathers than the pullets?)
I have three like this one my son is holding, and one is definitely a rooster (I think the 2nd pic I posted is him, and his comb is bright red compared to the other two, including the one here) Hopefully a nice little trio?!
This is a blue one. Now, the rose combs are flatter, right? The brighter the red on a rose comb the more indicative that it's a rooster?
This one looks roo to me, also. Doesn't seem very laced.
Here's the lot of them, all 10. I just love their coloring. I feel pretty confident about at least 3 pullets, and if I can get pictures of the single comb babies, I'll try to post their pictures. I also read about late feathering in in the males, and several of the single comb blue's still have some downy under fluff. I really don't have much history on these chicks, totally taking a guess at their age and everything. I'm hoping for more than 3 girls, but when you only pay $20 for the bunch of them, you take your chances! Would all of these be considered red laced wyandottes?
So, any input? The roo's will likely end up in the freezer (if I can stand to do it) but I may keep one or two to cross for a meat bird. Anyone have experience with that, or do these make good meat birds on their own?
Thanks for putting up with my newbie questions!
Edited by happyhenslivehere - 9/16/14 at 12:28pm