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Hen or Roo...a little help for a first time "mother hen" :)

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Hello, all!  I am new to backyard chicken keeping and this forum has been a life saver!  I am hoping the chicken experts here wouldn't mind helping a newbie sex her chickies?  They are all between 8-9 weeks old:

 

 

Golden Campine (very skittish, small bird).  S/he has a beautiful sleek look and upright tail feathers:

 

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Light Brahma (Very calm, entertaining and sweet bird!) Sorry, not a better picture (top right):100_2259.JPG

 

 

 

Barred Rock (I believe, two black chicks sent, one died.  Supposed to be a cuckoo marans and a barred rock.  This one has yellow feet with black down the front of each leg):

 

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Blue Laced Red Wyandotte:

 

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And the two biggest "suspects", my Easter Egger (I suspect just due to the appearance of his neck and tail feathers, but I'm a novice):

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And unfortunately the sweetest of all, my Delaware.  This was a big fluffy chick and is probably twice the size of all the others.

Also developed the red waddle and comb at just a few weeks old.  I'm not convinced as s/he doesn't have much in the way of tail feathers but again only 9 weeks old at this point:

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I live in city limits and am keeping these chickens as pets/humane suppliers of eggs.  Out of the six, I am worried that the last two may be roos.  Do you think the first four are safe, or should I be worried about them too?  Am I right about the last two?  If so, I think I may be building a sound proof coop cause I love these little guys already and don't want them to end up on a plate!  Roosters are amazing in my book and hopefully soon we'll be moving somewhere where it won't matter.  But I do hope to have some eggs so hopefully they aren't ALL roos!

 

Thanks all for any help in advance.  Let me know if you need better pictures of different parts of their anatomies!

Michelle

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post #2 of 6

Pullet

Pullet

pullet

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Pullet

Cockerel

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There are no coincidences- only providences.
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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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post #3 of 6

Your EE is a very standard color for pullets. A rooster would have brick red on his shoulders, and the pea comb would have raised off the head much earlier (still can't see it on this chick).

 

Delaware is a boy and I would suspect the BLRW as well. BR, campine and LB all appear to be female.

~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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I think the first five are safe, but number six might be a male.....It's very hard to tell.  And you are right, that is a Barred Rock.  The Cuckoo Marans would have white looking legs.

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Thanks!  I'm glad to hear that about the EE.  I'm actually surprised about the BLRW.  Here is another pic:

 

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S/he is very calm.  Doesn't really like to be "caught" but mild mannered once I get her. 

 

Thanks.  I wonder if everyone else will agree?
 

Michelle

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S/he does look more like a roo"-

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