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Mystery Marshmallows, Japanese Bantams

post #1 of 8
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I picked up my order from Cackle Hatchery today. Six black tailed white Chabos!!

My question: boys or girls?

They were sold as straight runs as most chicks are. I didn't know if there was some way to tell the difference between sex early on (these are day old). They are two different colors: four are big, puffy, and yellow...... and two are small and white.

Is the difference between them sex? Are there four of one gender and two of another? Or does color not play a part?

I will say: the white marshmallows have slightly larger combs and the yellow puffy ones have similarly sized combs (if not smaller) that are well hidden by fluff.

Any clues?




(Top: two white chicks, bottom: four yellows)

My guess? Two roos and four hens. I could be very wrong...
post #2 of 8

Japenese don't have sex linkage which means you would have to wait awhile I don't think Black Tailed white is a sex-linked variety . Birds that sport a single comb (luckily these guys do) you can start to tell at the five week mark. But chances of getting both genders are good for six straight run bantams.

post #3 of 8

They are too young to sex at this point. I would suggest posting their pics again in about 5 weeks. By that time, their gender should be much more obvious. Good luck in getting pullets.

post #4 of 8
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Thank you for the replies smile.png I will try to post more pictures when they are older. I'm crossing my fingers for at least one rooster (we have free range birds on a lot of land with about 12 hens!)
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They are too young to sex at this point. I would suggest posting their pics again in about 5 weeks. By that time, their gender should be much more obvious. Good luck in getting pullets.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Michael OShay View Post
 

They are too young to sex at this point. I would suggest posting their pics again in about 5 weeks. By that time, their gender should be much more obvious. Good luck in getting pullets.

Agreed.

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Owner of about 20 chickens and 12 exhibition rabbits

Always happy to answer questions! You can ask me about diseases, raising chicks, feeding, and breeds!

 

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post #7 of 8
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I ended up with 2 hens and 4 roos hmm.png luckily, I knew someone with 2 hens and was up to trading one of her hens for one of my boys. Now I have and even three and three. Very pretty birds now!
post #8 of 8

Glad for the trade  - would love to see what they look like now

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