6 and a half weeks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Nic, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Nic

    Nic In the Brooder

    May 21, 2007
    We went on holiday for a week and have come back to find they've all grown loads while we've been away. They are outside full time now (UK) going in at night. They have a run but yesterday we let them wander free range for a while in the garden which will be the plan most of the time once they are bigger.

    I keep changing my mind about whether they are hens or roos, at least one has started making a cross between a clucking and a cheeping noise but I'm pretty resigned to a month or two more waiting for a crow or an egg I think! The pictures show their combs and wattles as far redder than they are in real life, they are more pink/yellow than the red they look in the pics.

    This is Wobble, I've always assumed he is a roo as he is bigger and heavier than the others with enormous legs and feet:

    Here is Freddie, the first to hatch and the one I most hope is a hen:
    and with my son holding him, I love how confident my children are with the chickens [​IMG]

    Here is Punzel - of the three brown/red hens this is the one I think is most likely to be a roo

    Here is Rhonda - no real idea on this one, I veer between roo and hen with it
    and with my daughter

    and finally Feathers. Feathers was born with one wing and although it's caught up in terms of size and seems to more than hold it's own with it's 'siblings' it's comb is not really developing much. We're resigned to keeping Feathers regardless of whether it's a hen or roo really, although hen would be nice [​IMG]

    Any ideas on what they are gratefully received [​IMG]
  2. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    I'm no expert, but I think Feathers is a hen. I'm not sure on the others. their combs and waddles are more developed on those 6 week olds then my 9 week olds. Could there be a difference in what part of the county you live in verses another? They are all beautiful birds.
  3. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    They are beautiful looking - especially your first one that you suspect is a roo. WOW!
  4. 3peeps

    3peeps Songster

    Jul 4, 2007
    I am new, and therefore have no advice, but the first is especially beautiful!

    The names are wonderful, also...I love "Punzel."

  5. shookpoultry

    shookpoultry Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Claremont, NC
    Do you know if Wobble is a Black Sex Link? if so it's a hen, if not it's hard to say because in the pics it looks like a hen to me either way.

    Sex Links grow faster than other breeds and start laying in 4 1/2 - 5 months old, about 1 month earlier than other breeds.

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