Barnevelder girls?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by aiwendil, May 30, 2012.

  1. aiwendil

    aiwendil Hatching

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    I have two barnevelder chicks, currently about 4 1/2 weeks old. At this point, even though it's a little early, everything I've seen in terms of development and behavior is leading me to think I've got two pullets, but I thought I'd get some other opinions.
    I'm not seeing any development in terms of comb/wattle yet. I've checked out other threads and I don't think I see any tell-tale feathering (though these are my first experience with this breed). And behavior-wise, I haven't seen any of the posturing or similar behaviors that I've noticed in other roos that I've hatched and raised before. They're much more docile and skittish.

    A couple pics:
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    Closeup of the head:
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    Conversely, one of my speckled sussex that hatched at the same time has definite comb development and reddening already. And is definitely more inquisitive/adventurous. Always at the forefront of the little group, and was the only one that really approached the older birds as I've started to introduce them to the flock.
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    Both the barnevelder chicks appear pretty much identical in terms of development at this point (I can only tell them apart because one has always been just a little bit bigger than the other), so I'm guessing they're both the same thing (hopefully girls). Thoughts?
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

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    The first one is a pullet, but the last one is a cockerel. [​IMG]
     

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