Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Stacykins, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI

    This is a barred chick, right? Obviously not a recognized color on an Araucana, but the chick is double tufted and rumpless. A pretty chick, in my opinion.
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    more enlikely she wont have that look when she gets her adult feathers in, and yes very pretty
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I don't think she'll be barred. Did she have a white spot on her head when she hatched? That's the indicator of barring. It can be hard to see on a non black bird, but it'll be there.
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    I honestly don't remember, and I don't have any pictures of the chick as a day old.
  5. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    More updated picture. I'm more learning towards cockerel. But Araucanas can be rather difficult. I had a pullet who was looking SO boyish for the longest time, very red, developed, prominent comb and wattles. Nope, turned out to be a girl!

    Pictures taken today.

  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    looks more like a blue wheatenish coloring. to me it still looks like a pullet
  7. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2012
    Serenity Valley
    What a beauty! And double tufted ... wow!

    I'm going to guess that the pattern on the feathers that looks similar to barring is "juvenile autosomal barring." On the chickens I've got that start displaying it when they are 5 weeks or so, it disappears when they are adults. Some of them end up looking pencilled (pattern gene Pg in one dose or two) as adults. My partridge rocks (which are called pencilled) showed juvenile autosomal barring as chicks, but came out pencilled as adults.

    I'm not sure that juvenile autosomal barring always indicates the pattern gene is involved because I once had a supposed pure Black Copper Marans, which genetically is not supposed to have the pattern gene, that displayed juvenile autosomal barring at 5 - 7 weeks. His chest did end up laced, but that can be a feature of Birchen and unrelated to pattern gene pencilling/lacing. I didn't end up using him for breeding, just for the record. [​IMG]

    I believe that what looks like barring on your chick's feathers will molt out and not be seen in the adult plumage.
  8. chickenlover89

    chickenlover89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    wow, she/he is pretty whatever she/he is. I definetly agree that araucanas can be SO hard to sex though. We have two that we just CAN'T figure out the gender to. anyway, good luck whit your beautiful bird

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