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4 month old mix chicks... boys or girls??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by CHPJohn, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. CHPJohn

    CHPJohn Out Of The Brooder

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    My silkies hatched out these EE mix chicks this past June. Up until now, I've always been entirely sure these two were boys because of how much redder their combs were when compared to their sister (who disappeared while free ranging a few weeks ago... RIP Ravenna) but now I'm having my doubts. Although they're nearly four months, they don't seem to be showing any signs of the rooster feathers I would expect to see - but then again, I'm used to my Black Copper Marans where you can tell when they're as young as a few weeks. I need more experienced eyes - what do you think?
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Both are pullets.
     
  3. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Their both pullets, some people get confused on that because sometimes they get red young, but they don't grow and they stay like that until they get to the egg laying age. Yay! :D
     
  4. CHPJohn

    CHPJohn Out Of The Brooder

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    Ah, wonderful!! I was suspicious when they weren't getting in any sharp saddle feathers... I'm so glad that they're pullets! Thanks to both of you!
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree both pullets, with certainty on the first as that is almost always an EE pullet color pattern.

    The second is usually an EE male color pattern, but it is very even, and the comb by 4 months would be much bigger with more feather evidence as to male...so I agree that is a pullet.

    With mixed breeds, especially if you broody hatched them, they can mature and get rosier in the combs a different times/ways with siblings because they are mixed breeds....while they are siblings, what actual genetics they got will factor in differently for each bird...unlike pure breeds, with controlled lines especially, who mature more uniformly.

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  6. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    yw :)
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  8. drumstick diva

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  9. CHPJohn

    CHPJohn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     

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