Barnevelders 4

By Direchicken · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Feb 18, 2012 · ·
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    Barnevelders
    Most lines of Barnevelder seem to produce male and female chicks that are difficult or impossible to reliably distinguish from one another at hatching. However, BYC member TLS_ranch has a line of Barnevelders that can be sexed reliably on down plumage, as illustrated below. Note that this feature will probably not be useful with most lines of Barnevelders, but the fact that it's possible without compromising the quality of the grown bird (see here for a photo of some stunning TLS hens at 15 weeks) might provide some incentive to anyone trying to establish breeding lines of this bird. It may be possible to use speed of feathering to sex some other lines of Barnies (females feathering up more quickly than males), but this feature also seems unlikely to be reliable across the board. More general differences between males and females include head gear (differences from around 4 weeks) plumage shape (including saddle hackles and tail, probably noticeable from around 8-10 weeks), and plumage colouration (also probably 8-10 weeks, though I need to see more photos of males to confirm this!).

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    1 day

    posted by tls_ranch Northern California, USA
    TLS_ranch has a line of Barnevelders that can be sexed reliably on down plumage, as illustrated below. Note that this feature will probably not be useful with most lines of Barnevelders, but the fact that it's possible without compromising the quality of the grown bird (see here for a photo of some stunning TLS hens at 15 weeks) might provide some incentive to anyone trying to establish breeding lines of this bird.


    As day-olds: dark breast= girl, light= boy
    Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy
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    2 day old chicks from the TLS_ranch line posted by enggass
    Two females:

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    and boy here
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    10 days

    posted 16/3/2010 by tls_ranch Northern California, USA
    female and male

    Pullet chick= longer wing feathers at 10 days.

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    Cockerel chick= short even wing feathers at 10 days.

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    BUT:

    On the other hand, the Julie Gabbard (Kelly Cratty) line I have was all over the place. Some pullets feathered very slow and some cockerels feathered fast. There was one cockerel that feathered so fast I would of sworn it was a girl.

    2 weeks

    posted 16/5/2011 by tls_ranch Northern California, USA
    female and male

    At around 2 weeks:
    Pullet= longer wings almost to tail or past, back feathers starting to come in, longer tail feathers, thin legs.
    Roo= short stubby wings, almost no tail, very few back feathers, thicker legs. Maybe already some comb development showing (if you look closely)
    Pullet left, Roo right
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    female
    BYC member: mother o' chicks72
    Portland, Oregon, USA
    posted 5/5/11

    this is agnes, our barnevelder that we are fostering for a friend
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    18 days
    female

    posted by Direchicken Cork, Ireland
    Ember
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    24 days
    female

    posted by Direchicken Cork, Ireland
    Ember
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    4 weeks
    BYC member: tls_ranch
    Northern California, USA
    posted 16/5/2011

    At 4+ weeks:
    Roos= upright stance, larger thicker body and legs, color/size showing on comb/wattles, less feathering overall (back, wings, tail, breast)
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    Pullets= almost feathered, longer slender body/legs, no comb or wattles.
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    posted by enggass
    on 16/5/2011
    females (TLS_ranch line)

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    6 weeks
    posted by: nzchicke
    posted on 5/5/2011
    male with e+ feathering, checking with poster that this bird is in fact 6 weeks old (looks a smidgeon older)


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    female
    posted by Direchicken Cork, Ireland
    Ember, 44 days
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    Ember, 45 days
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    16 weeks
    These hens are actually 15 weeks, photos taken in late July 2011. TLS_ranch line
    posted by enggass




    posted on 13/1/2011 BigIslandChicks

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    posted on 15/4/2010 by Jenandnaomi

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  1. sunshynertc
    Is there a reliable way to tell male chickens from females? I have two chicks Barnevelder chicks that are a few days old and I am not all that familiar with this breed.
  2. Badman
    Thanks for putting all this together, I have some Barnevelder eggs in the incubator at the moment and I am looking forward to seeing if I can pick.

    Cheers
  3. eksterhuis
    Thanks :) I have my first lot of barnevelder eggs in the incubator, this will be great for working out who is who! I have one dozen double laced and one dozen blue laced in there :)
  4. rarebear
    This is an excellent post! Thank you for taking the time to post all these photos! I have 5 eggs hatched from TLS ranch...they are gorgeous.
  5. TheNuttyChick
    Thank you so much for the info. I have Barnevelders hatching as I write this! I can't wait to see what hatches!
  6. daharja
    Our barnies and barnie crosses are just on a month old (first one hatched Jan 30th) and I'm starting to see gender differences. It's fun to play "pick the roo!" I've got 17 birds all all - all barnies and barnie crosses, except for one rhode island red.
    Must post photos!
  7. the new breed
    i have two barnevelder roosters
  8. gavinandallison
    Beautiful birds, just placed 18 eggs in to my incubator today.
  9. daharja
    I just love Barnevelders, and am breeeding them down here in Dunedin, NZ. Beautiful birds, and good layers over winter, plus a good dual-purpose bird. Their plumage is just lovely.

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