Balck Ameraucana Chicks Age for gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Dray67, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Dray67

    Dray67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 Black Ameraucana chicks that are 7 weeks old. At what age cani tell the roosters from the hens? I'll post some pics when i get home this evening.

    Dave
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    You should be able to tell now by the comb, but pea combs, especially on BBS birds, can be quite tricky. I always look for the iridescence on blacks, the hawk-face on the boys, and the size/redness on the combs.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    You should be able to tell now. Boys have a wider comb and the 3 rows are more prominent. And they should be pink by now too.

    ETA: Here are my pure ameraucana girls at just under 6 weeks.
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    The one in the back corner here had me questioning myself for a while as her comb was wider than the others. But they all are girls.
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  4. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the bird, but usually we tell the cockerels from the pullets by their hackles and saddle feathers.
     
  5. Dray67

    Dray67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so just took these, every one has that blue gren shine. One has a big high tail and i think Roo. [​IMG]
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    this is the one im sure is a roo [​IMG]
     
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  6. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha! These always declare themselves late. We have a black Ameraucana rooster who escaped the Amish Butcher by cackling like a hen. The man picked the cockerel up, said 'This is a pullet!' and sent him back!

    Oh well, we like our Robin.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    The black females will have the green sheen too. The last one looks like a rooster. The rest I see look like girls. The only one I'd watch is in the first pic on the right. The comb is wide, but not raised yet. Reminds me of my girl that kept me guessing for a while.
     

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