5 week old Olive Eggers (Welsummer x Ameraucana): girls or boys?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by krismcn, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. krismcn

    krismcn New Egg

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    I need help sexing my four 5 week old Olive Egger chicks. I got the eggs from kkatknap. They came from Welsummer hens and either a Wheaten or Silver Ameraucana roo (the hens range with the Wheaten during the day and are cooped with the Silver at night). I don't have any experience with Welsummers, or these crosses, so I just don't know what's important. One has very different coloring and almost no comb development, so I thought at first she was the only girl and the rest were boys, but now I don't think it's that simple:

    #1 is the odd one out and I'm pretty sure a pullet. She has slate legs, is much lighter in color, and just looks pullet-y. Maybe her daddy's the Silver Am? The other 3 are darker, but not all the same. Maybe they are from the Wheaten roo? # 2 has the generally darker coloration of the rest, but is the darkest overall and has more black in the hackle.
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    Another of #2:
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    #3 has the dark body, but has more orange in the hackle:
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    Definite comb and wattle development, but isn't that common in Welsummer pullets?


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    #4 has similar orange in the hackle, but has a slightly larger and darker comb:
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    Another of #4:
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    These chicks are hard to photograph!
    Can anyone get anything out of these pictures? All boys? All girls? One girl, 3 boys? Wait until they crow?
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    wanna say 1 pullet 3 roos could you get a better shot of #3's comb
     
  3. krismcn

    krismcn New Egg

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    Yes. After leading us on a merry chase, here are some close-up head shots. One from the front, one from the side for each.

    #2, the one with the blacker hackles. This one just has to be a roo. It was so ****** off at being handled, it tried to bite my fingers! #2 front:
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    Looks like someone took a bite out of the top of his comb. #2 side:[​IMG]

    #3 with the more orange hackle. #3 front:
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    #3 side:
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    #4, also with more orange hackles, but with the most developed comb and wattle. #4 front:
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    #4 side:
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  4. krismcn

    krismcn New Egg

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    Anyone? My only real doubt is #3. He/she continues to get more orange while the other 2 are getting darker.
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Im guessing the #3 is a pullet.
     
  6. krismcn

    krismcn New Egg

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    Finger's crossed you're right! :) I'd really like one from that cross to be a girl!
     
  7. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 looks like a boy. Others could be girls
     
  8. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    2,3, and 4 look like cockerels but im iffy on 3
     

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