9ish week old chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Syndier, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Syndier

    Syndier Out Of The Brooder

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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.
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] 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 %.
     
  3. 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
     
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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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.
     
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  5. Syndier

    Syndier Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I never let my roosters become friendly. I "force" them to avoid me. If they do attack me I literally knock them in the head. Roosters have drawn all the blood from me they are going to get!
     
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

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    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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  8. Syndier

    Syndier Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have an idea on breed for these two?
     
  9. WalkingOnSunshine

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    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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  10. Syndier

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    Here are a few more of this one.
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    Little guy was REALLY enjoying the sun today!
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    Finally caught Ash, hope these two are better, little chicken was not enjoying being held..
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