breed and gender, buff orp and aracuana

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tororider, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These guys are all about 6-7 weeks oldI know these first ones are buff orps, and I am afraid I only have one out of four that is a hen. What do you guys think.

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    Hen and Rooster
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    Hen and Rooster, one of the aracaunas in back, rooster?
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    Ok, my next question is whether these are aracaunas or americaunas, if that can be told now. The eggs were marked aracaunas from MSU poultry department but the next batch I got from them were marked Americaunas, so I am wondering. And then I think I have one roo and one hen, but am not sure.
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    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I think you correctly labeled all your birds except the last ones.

    They are not araucanas or ameraucanas. They are easter eggers.

    The first is a male and the second looks like a male also. It depends on how old it is. If it is still under 15-16 weeks, I would say cockerel if around 20 it could be a female. Can you take a closer picture?

    You might want to inform MSU that they are selling easter eggers too.
     
  3. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are all 6-7 weeks. Bummer, both roosters huh? Out of my ignorance, how can you tell they are neither americaunas or aracaunas? Thanks
     
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Aracaunas are rumpless and have ear tufts, which are feathers that come out by the ear and curl backwards.

    Ameraucanas come in specific colors, have slate or black legs, have beards and muffs and have some other details that I would have to go into specifics to list.

    Easter eggers are mixes, can have slate legs, green legs, or yellow legs. The can be cleaned faced, can have tufts or beards and muffs. They also come in a variety of different colors because of the mixing of the breeds.

    They also lay a rainbow of different colored eggs where you araucanas are supposed to lay only blue eggs and ameraucanas are supposed to lay blue or minty green eggs.
     
  5. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No matter on the EE's I guess but I should let MSU know. Thank you for the info.

    Both EE roos are the same age and one comb is much darker red and bigger, thats why I was hoping for it to be a hen. So keeping or selling the roos will only be based on which one I like the looks of better?
     

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