Mmmaddie13,,,with that much dark pigment showing at 4 weeks of age,,you are holding a male,,,b/s hens do not get near that much coloring across their backs,they stay more yellow much longer then tend to develope a lite pinkish-tan coloring,,not the mottled look your peachick has showing now.Also notice in your second picture the cuticle of the feather is already showing black which will start to expand outward as the feathers grows,,again proving these feathers do not come in,grow in,or are molted out and grow in a solid color,,,the color progressivly changes as time goes on from pigment coming from the liver of the bird.Also this black cuticle coloring is proof it's going to be a male because hens of the B/S pattern have rusty-dark brown colored flight feathers as adults.
Lil Zoo,,as your Midnight B/S chick gets older,feel free to take a pic at about 3 weeks of age if you want me to sex it correctly for you as well.
Now to further prove my point here if I have the personal freetime,and scheduling is right for doing this,,I am going to produce a SOLID black peachick before this seasons hatching is over.I will take plenty of pictures when it is hatched,,and progressively as it grows to prove once and for all,,feathers DO change color as they GROW,,, again this will be done if I have time,,to produce this peachick of all solid black color does take correct timing on several accounts,and if my work schedule gets in the way,it may not happen yet this year,or if my peahens finally gives up on laying for good. Two nites ago I didn't get 1 egg,last nite I got 4 eggs,,and the problem with last minute-late season hatchlings is they will tend NOT to lay eggs within the normal timeframe during their second seson.Ei,,if they were hatched in August,,and they don't start laying untl they are indeed 24 months old,,August would be their expected 2 yr birthday when they would start laying eggs.So if I do this with a few peachicks I'm not planning on them producing in 2014,,
Thanks Randy! I wanna see this all black peachick! :)
And has anyone noticed voice changes in the babies? The blackshoulder - male, as I now know :) - is the only one who has a little bit of a squeak in his voice. They're all the same age (give or take a few days), but he's the only one who does it. Does that mean I have one male and four females?? Just guessing here.