9ish week old chicks

Syndier

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Can anyone shed some light on the breed of these two little chickadees? Also if you have a gender guess :) Hoping for hens but wouldn't get rid of a rooster either. I live in the country with only 2 neighbors so he shouldn't get any complaints.
The dark guy is still very skittish around people so I couldn't pick him/her up for better pics.






 

sourland

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The red chick is very likely a cockerel, and the lavender/blue looks like a pullet to me. They are young so my guesses are only 85 %.
 

Syndier

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well if the little red one goes all roosterie on me she/he will be a very friendly one :) That little one is so calm and docile
 

WalkingOnSunshine

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I agree, red cockerel and blue pullet.

However, be cautious with that cockerel. The very friendly behavior of some young cockerels is actually a precursor to aggression--if you think about it, coming up to a human is a pretty aggressive move for a chick. I'm always happier when my boys hang back and don't want to interact; when they act like the pullets. Watch that one carefully when he hits sexual maturity.
 

Syndier

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Will do :) Thanks for the advice. I think part of the reason he is so nice to me is because when i first got him he had a big chunk of beauty bark(?) stuck in his eye. I doctored him, after that he was much more lovie with me. He won't willingly go to my BF.
 

WalkingOnSunshine

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Will do :) Thanks for the advice. I think part of the reason he is so nice to me is because when i first got him he had a big chunk of beauty bark(?) stuck in his eye. I doctored him, after that he was much more lovie with me. He won't willingly go to my BF.
That makes sense that he'd be more friendly. I do know that if you get one cockerel in a group of chicks that walks right up to you, that one is often going to be a problem when he is mature. People don't realize that petting a rooster is telling him, in chicken language, "you're the boss." That's because hens groom the alpha roo. Same thing with letting a rooster perch on your shoulder--the alpha male gets the highest perch.
 

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Does anyone have an idea on breed for these two?
I'd need clearer photos of the birds, with pics showing the birds from the side (including legs) and photos showing their combs.

I think your red cockerel is a Production Red. Your blue could be one of several things.

Even if they are skittish, you can grab them and hold them by the legs for pics. Here's a photo of one of my birds that I caught for photos, so you can get an idea of how to hold them when they aren't tame. I held the bird out at arm's length and took the photo with the other hand. (Easter Egger cockerel, btw--same bird at two different ages). These photos should give you an idea of the kind of pics we need to sex and tell breed on birds.


 
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Syndier

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Here are a few more of this one.


Little guy was REALLY enjoying the sun today!


Finally caught Ash, hope these two are better, little chicken was not enjoying being held..
 

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