Ameraucanas - 4 weeks old - genders?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Wynette, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    These are wheaten/blue wheaten Ameraucanas. I was told I'd know by week 3 what genders they were, because the males would begin to get in dark brown wing feathers. The only one that has them that I can tell is #3. #1 has an oddly large, "poofy" tail - not sure if it was just standing funny or if this is an issue (?) I'm really good at hatching cockerels, so at first I thought I had three of them...now, I'm wondering if maybe only #3 is a cockerel?

    Anywho....what do I have here?

    Here's #1:

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    Here's #2:

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    Okay, friends - opinions? Thanks much!!
     
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  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    #1 is a blue wheaten cockerel

    #2 leaning towards a splash wheaten or blue wheaten pullet

    #3 leaning towards a wheaten pullet

    What color was the rooster and what color hens was he covering?
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks, Jean; I PM'd Peachick to see. Thanks for your input!!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not that Jean needs any backup, LOL, but I agree with her assessment.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks, Cyn - boy, was I ever way off base! Gosh, I can tell with my EEs at 2 weeks, but these purebreds...nope!
     
  6. peachick

    peachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Ladies [​IMG]

    1 - blue wheaten boy
    2 - blue splash pullet - a blue wheaten would have some blue on wings, wheaten would have black on wings..... this chicks has neither. So, I vote blue splash
    3 - wheaten pullet - you can tell by the black on wings.

    As for the parents. it was all 3 varieties mixed together.... but the blue wheaten rooster was the dominant one and I think the only one breeding.
    I have kicked out the other boys, and now am only using the wheaten male.


    [​IMG] Waves HI to Jean!
     
  7. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    How in the WORLD do you do that? They just look like chickens to me .. [​IMG]

    Good Lord, I've got SOOO much to learn... [​IMG]
     
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    texasgal, there's always so much to learn!

    Most of the breeders I've bought eggs from have been MORE than happy to help me with gender...they know their breeds and, in particular, their LINES, so they have way more experience than I do!

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  9. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Well, at least I'm tryin' to do some learnin' BEFORE I get chickens, huh? I've been obsessed with this site for 3 solid days now .. my husband says I need medication .. LOL .. "They're JUST chickens" he says .. ha!
     
  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't worry....we'll change his mind! Before you know it, he'll be saying, "Honey, when are we going to be hatching again?" HA!
     

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