Bantam Wheaten Ameraucanas: Do I have a pair?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Alexandra33, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is just the first of a soon-to-come series of "Is this a pullet or a cockerel?", I'm just warning you, since I got 15 straight run bantams recently. [​IMG]

    Originally I thought I had two Wheaten pullets, but now I'm pretty sure I have a pullet and a cockerel. Any thoughts or confirmation? I'm well aware that it's pretty early to tell as they're only 2 weeks of age.
    This is the little cutie I'm suspecting....
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    Notice how dark those shoulder pads are already.
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    This is an area on "his" chest, and I really got worried when I noticed that they were growing in black towards the shaft area.
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    Now for my pullet (I'm pretty sure it's a she).
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    Note how she's MUCH lighter in coloration.
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    Thanks!
    -Alex
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Too early to tell, sometimes chicks feathers come in as different colors than the adult plumage, like barring on RIR wings as chicks as an example.
     
  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks so much for the input! [​IMG]

    You're right; I'm positive "Ling" is a cockerel, though, because even since I took pictures for this thread, he's grown in quite a bit of black and deep red. After having looked at lots of pictures of Wheaten Ameraucanas and threads on the breed, I've come to the conclusion that females feather in light-colored, and males show much darker, richer colors. I'm actually planning on keeping him as a long as he's good with kids and doesn't follow in the footsteps of T.Roo. [​IMG] That boy turned out to be a load of trouble, and is no more.

    -Alex
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    My instincts about my own birds are usually correct, there are things that can't be picked up by photos and can only be seen in person, like attitude.
     
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  5. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG]I couldn't agree more!

    -Alex
     

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