12 week old Buckeye

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by micstrachan, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    I've been feeling pretty confident that my three 12-week-olds were pullets. I have one California White, one Barred Rock and one Buckeye (in addition to 8 adult hens). The Buckeye had a bit of black on the neck from pretty early on. This chick developed just slightly slower than the other two. Mom is weaning them now. This little one, who isn't quite named yet, (Minnie, Tiny, Teeny Tiny, Itty Bitty, Bitty, ... just can't decide, so s/he has lots of names) did snuggle next to mom last night. Sorry... getting off track here.
    I noticed recently that Tiny has a deeper burgundy color than Aunt Ruby, who is also a Buckeye. I also noticed today that Tiny has a lot more black on the tail than Aunt Ruby. Oh dear. And the saddle feathers are more curved. Could this actually be a cockerel? The hackle feathers are NOT pointed... that is an illusion of the black striping. IMG_1868.JPG IMG_1869.JPG IMG_1870.JPG IMG_1871.JPG
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Pullet. If that was a cockerel, you'd be seeing a lot more red in the comb and wattles by now.
     
  3. Icantraisechickenshelp

    Icantraisechickenshelp Chirping

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    I agree with Dobielover. Pullet.
     
  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Crossing the Road

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    I'm thinking it's a pullet :)
     
  5. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I'm thinking pullet, too. Pretty bird!
     
  6. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    YAY! Thank you!
     
  7. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    agreed, pullet
     
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  8. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Looks like a pullet to me.
     
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  9. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    C6DC447F-2B13-4B01-A24F-1D99AC6B2474.jpeg Sorry I keep obsessing on this. Saw some iridescent green (black) on her neck today. Could not capture a photo of the neck. Still a pullet, right? We’re at 13 weeks.
     
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  10. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

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