7 week old EE gender? (And welsummer)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BBZZZZTT, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. BBZZZZTT

    BBZZZZTT Songster

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    I'm a chicken noob and am wondering if anyone's trained eye can spot any roosters in my bunch. I ordered all pullets but there were two extra chicks mailed so good possiblity those are roosters. I'm currently finding excuses to think all of them are roosters so I might need some sense knocked into me.
    Here are my EEs:
    #1, Nala.
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    #2 and 3, Kida(orange) and Anna(black head)
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    BBZZZZTT Songster

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    I also have two welsummers that I'm not sure about. One's hackle feathers are a lot more golden than the others, and since i don't have previous experience with chickens, I'm not sure if that is just normal variation between individuals in the breed or could be a sign of one being a rooster.
    Here is a picture of both of them standing around for comparison (with two EEs hanging around in the middle)
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    Heres the lighter one closer up
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    And the darker one
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  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    So far, I see all pullets. :) They're gorgeous! :love
    Just curious: did you order them from Cackle Hatchery, by any chance?

    ~Alex
     
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  4. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    Both the Welsummers are pullets, too. :) When cockerels feather in, they exhibit black chest plumage, while females are salmon/red. :D

    ~Alex
     
  5. BBZZZZTT

    BBZZZZTT Songster

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    I ordered from chickens for backyards, which very likely sources from cackle for small orders :)
    Why do you ask??
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Pullets with exception of dark headed ee....suspicious patches of red showing at shoulders.... can you get a good side shot of that one?
     
  7. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    Okie dokie, thanks! :)
    One of my Easter Eggers (from Cackle) looks almost exactly like Kida, and I'd never seen one like her before. Just wondered if it was something about their breeding stock. ;)

    ~Alex
     
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  8. chickengirl778

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    One way to tell if a chicken is male or female is to look at the feathers on the neck and saddle (if they are fully feathered). Males feathers will be much longer and pointer and females will be more rounded like flower petals! However, EE's feathers are sometimes a little pointer on the neck in my experience. I think Nala looks like she might be a he, but I could quite possibly be wrong... :D
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  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Yes, however these feathers don't develop gender differntiation until after 12 weeks(often closer to 16)....prior to "puberty" males and females sport rounded feathers in hackles and saddle
     
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  10. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    At 7 weeks, they're too young to grow in pointed saddle/hackle feathers. :)

    ~Alex
     
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