Blue Laced Barnevelders - Cockerel or Pullet, please help!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Moosli, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Moosli

    Moosli New Egg

    May 7, 2012
    Sussex, UK
    Hello fellow Backyarders,

    I've reared 3 Blue-laced Barnevelders from Eggs, and I think one of them has just tried to crow. They are about 15 weeks old now, so I've either got to find new homes or a pot large enough for them. Question is, I don't see much difference between the three of them, can you please help me work out which are male or, more to the point, if there is a female among them at all. Many thanks.[​IMG]






    I took a few pics of them together for comparison, and then individually, refer to them from the top down, B1, B2 and B3 for simplicity's sake.

    Many thanks for your help.

  2. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2012
    I think the one in the 3rd and 4th pictures are roos, but I am very new at this. I think their saddle and hackle feathers look pointy. I hope I am wrong for your sake because I know you want pullets.
  3. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I don't have any experience with this breed, but to me all three in question look like cockerels due to the large red combs and wattles and what appear to be sickle feathers in their tails. Sorry I know that's not what you wanted to hear, hope I'm wrong!
  4. Moosli

    Moosli New Egg

    May 7, 2012
    Sussex, UK
    Thanks for your replies, I have a hunch they might all be males too. Though from what pics I find on the web, Barnevelders seem to have large combs and wattles, both on males and females. That is one of the reasons I have such trouble working this conundrum out. :)
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    2 are certainly cockerels. I can't see the 3rd well enough, but I suspect it's a slower developing cockerel.
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    the 2 on the left are cockerels and the one on the right looks like a cockerel but i would hold off on getting rid of them for at least another 3=5 weeks to be sure though

  7. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2010
    Nenana, AK
    They all have pointy saddle feathers developing and very blotchy red coloration over the shoulders. Unfortunately, my vote is all roos.

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