2 Barnevelder Chicks. Male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Adidas769, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Adidas769

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    I purchased 2 Barnevelder chicks about 5 weeks ago on a limb (went to the feed store to buy food and walked out with 2 new babies. ) however, this is a breed I am excited about but know very little about. Upon coming home and doing some research I am now extremely excited but even more confused. I had no idea how hard they were to sex. And I was dumb enough not to ask how old they were when I purchased them. They had a few rows of feathers on their wings and a few tail feathers so I would guess about a week which would make them about 6 weeks old now. Any guesses as to what sex they are? I noticed one has some green sheen to it’s feathers, maybe a cockril?
     

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  2. Leahs Coop

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    Pullets
     
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  3. Frazzemrat1

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    I only see pullets. At this point, you can only look at the comb, they're too young for female or male specific feathering. It won't come in until their 12 weeks or so.
     
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    Thank you. I really appreciate your reply. Would you say they are about 6 weeks old? I’m sort of guessing on their age as well.
     
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    sounds about right
     
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  6. cstephens1987

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    All black feathers sheen in light, it's not really a sex specific thing it's the structure of the feather so you'll see that in either sex. That being said I would be more concerned about the lack of body patterning on #1 as compared with the more even full patterning of #2. You appear to have two pullets though.
    For what it's worth my barnies have actually been extremely easy to sex. The cockerel has been obviously feathering slower since he was a few days old and by 4 weeks already had a red comb coming in that was bigger than his sisters have now at 10 weeks old. He didn't get bigger than them though until around 6-7 weeks of age.
     
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    For reference that was my cockerel barnie at six weeks with one of his sisters right behind him
     
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  8. Kris5902

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    Also going to say definitely two pullets, I think the lack of clear patterning is more from not show quality breeding...
    You can see some green sheen in my girls neck feathers here. Girls: 67162D54-C635-46C4-BC7C-67446FB60603.jpeg

    Boys:
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    Edit: I did have some younger pics, but can’t find them on my phone...
     
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    8 weeks: boys
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    And their sisters:
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    Thank you. This is extremely helpful. I am obviously holding for Pullers, though having 1 rooster might not be completely bad. Was really hoping they were not both males because I definitely do not have enough females or space for 2 roosters. I am surprised by how loving and calm these 2 are compared to other breeds I have. Is this typical of their breed and is it something they will hang onto or will they eventually be less lovey and more skiddish?
     
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