Barnevelders 6 weeks old genders?

winniechick

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I bought fertile eggs and put them under my broody girl which she duly hatched for me, three are Barnevelders but all three look so very different, they are now 6 weeks old and can tell I have one pullet for sure but the other two I do not know, one is so much bigger than the others and the nearly all black one is so bold and fearless of everything. Any gender help would be much appreciated.

This is 'Poppy' the kids favorite one and the fearless one comb is half black which i have never heard of.
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And this is 'Brownie', biggest of all the chicks by far and feathered out really quickly





And lastly my little pullet 'Lilly', see how all three are totally different feather colour and lacing
 

Ravynscroft

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I would say that Brownie and Poppy are both cockerels... and the reason they don't look the same is because they are mixes, not pure Barnevelders... Brownie looks closest to what the breed should look like, but the feather patterns don't look quite right to me... but definitely the other 2 are mixes, their legs shouldn't be greenish or dark at all...
 

Michael OShay

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Given the size and redness of their combs at 6 weeks, Poppy and Brownie both appear to be cockerels. Also, I agree with Ravynfallen; they are not pure Barnevelder.
 

winniechick

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Thank you for your replies everyone, I did suspect both Poppy and Brownie were cockerels just hoping Brownie wasn't as his feathering is quite lovely. And feeling a little bit annoyed as I was told I was buying Barnevelder fertile eggs and now I don't know what I've got.
 

Michael OShay

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Thank you for your replies everyone, I did suspect both Poppy and Brownie were cockerels just hoping Brownie wasn't as his feathering is quite lovely. And feeling a little bit annoyed as I was told I was buying Barnevelder fertile eggs and now I don't know what I've got.

You're welcome.
 

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