Anyone Have Spangled Hamburgs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickenlady81, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. chickenlady81

    chickenlady81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2008
    Weare, NH
    I have five Hamburgs that are 10 weeks old. Two of which are blue/gray spangled and three that are silver spangled. I have one that is for sure a cockrel because his combs are in and his tail is alot longer than the rest. Im just not sure about two possibly three others. When I let them out in the morning he seems to go after one at a time and fluff up his neck feathers and stare at them as if to claim his territory or place in the flock. I also have RIR's which he doesnt bother. So are the ones he is going after males as well??? Or is he just being temermental?
    Thanks in advance. I will have to post pic when or if it ever stops raining here.
     
  2. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    I paid for two and get them in September. My three year old has named them Polkadot and Swiper. No idea about your q, though. Sorry!
     
  3. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I've had 2 silver-spangled hens, and now have 5 one-month-old silver-spangled chicks. One of my chicks is already very obviously a cockerel. It has a very wide, very large, pink comb, with little pronounced bumps all over it. The other four all have much thinner, smaller combs so far, and they're not even pinking up. My first 2 SSH pullets' combs took probably a year to turn into much at all. I'd say the comb is going to be your best bet at judging cockerels and pullets. By 10 weeks, you should also be seeing saddle feathers develop on any males. Cockerels saddle feathers will be pointy while pullets will be more rounded.
     
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Here's a pic of the comb of my 30 day old SSH cockerel.

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  5. chickenlady81

    chickenlady81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2008
    Weare, NH
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    This is a picture of the male I have always guess to be a cockrel from his large combs. The other chicks dont seem to have his large comb unless they are just taking longer to come in.


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    This is a picture of a possible cockrel? I think his sattle feathers look like a male but his comb is not as big as the other SSHamburg.

    Sorry edited it to make the pic larger.
     
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  6. chickenlady81

    chickenlady81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2008
    Weare, NH
    Here is a picture I just took today of the one I believe is a male.

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    And another one from today of the one male I knowe is a male.
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  7. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Wow, they might all be males, but I'm not sure. Their tail feathers are starting to look sickle-shaped, and my hens' tails never got that shape to them. They always just fanned pretty, and never curved downward. Let me see if I can find a good tail picture. I don't have those two anymore, so I can't go get a pic specifically of their tails.

    OK here's what I found, 12 weeks old...
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  8. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Have you looked at feathersite yet? There are a lot of pics there of all the different color varieties of hamburgs, and some of them do have a slight curve to their tail feathers. With exception of the one obvious roo, the combs on your birds do not look masculine at all, do they?

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Hamb/BRKHamburg.html
     
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  9. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    You have one SSH that looks like a male. There is also an EE in there and a pair of silver pencilled hamburgs.
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I have some silver spangled hamburgs and I wish I had done more research on them. They are crazy as bedbugs [​IMG] Between them and the German Spitz [​IMG] They are all the same age and only a few weeks old and crazy birds! Took awhile to train them to come into the coop but they now are finally doing so on their own. They free range with one blue orp pullet who seems to have taken responsibility for them. They hide under her wings. I have a couple with bright red peacombs so I assume they are the roos? Will they ever settle down? [​IMG]
     

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