Buttercup owners? Please report for flock advice duty?

ChooksChick

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I bought a pair of supposed Buttercup pullets at about a week old. I've had them for a couple more and find one hanging out constantly with a bantam feathered leg I think may be a Pekin roo.

Is there a difference in the tail posture of Buttercup roos vs. pullets early on? Anyone with another Mediterranean breed able to help on this? I fear the gender identification may have been amiss.

Ginger and Marianne have very different personalities and tail posture, and I suspect Marianne may be actually be a Gilligan...

Here's Marianne:


Her tail is ALWAYS that high or higher, and she does foot/spur sparring CONSTANTLY with my suspected Cochin Banty roo. Those two were the first to escape the brooder, too.

Here's Ginger, and her tail is always that posture, even when she's on "Perky alert."



You can easily see who is whom in group photos by tail alone. Don't mind the Labradork in the background...





Thanks for your help! I have to rehome quick or risk emotional ruin if this is a valid concern at this stage.
 
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shelleyd2008

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Hmm, I hadn't thought of the tail! I was thinking mine is a roo, because the comb is pretty big for such a little chick! But mine always has its tail down also. I hope someone else knows!! Maybe I have a girl?
 

miss_jayne

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the cockerel's combs will be MUCH larger and pronounced than the pullets as they start feathering out.

can we see a pic of their heads?

i will go shoot a pic of a pullet and a cockerel in the meantime for you....

brb...
 

ChooksChick

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Really??? How early? Mine are less than a month old, so I'm not sure if there's much expectation of comb difference yet...

Here are their combs:

Ginger:








Marianne:



I can barely see their combs, much less distinguish a difference.

I would be delighted to know they had been sexed correctly.

Thanks, Miss_Jayne!
 
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miss_jayne

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pics....

if memory serves these are about 7-8 weeks old.

pullet, small comb, very yellow



cockerel, pronounced comb, very pink, much larger than the pullets

 

ChooksChick

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w00t!!!!

I'm so happy to see that!! But I've heard rumors about the comb size in your area....I don't know if I ought to trust...nevermind! Going with the good news and blowing off any other doubts!!!

Thanks, Miss_Jayne!!


**Edited, because, like a dolt, I misspelled her name!!
 
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shelleyd2008

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So then the tail has nothing to do with it? My chick is about 3-4 weeks old, and its comb is probably twice as big as that one in your pic miss_jayne! I don't have a current pic, and my batteries are dead in my camera, but I'm pretty sure mine is a boy. Oh well!!
 

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