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Can I name her Betty?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 12 Acres, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

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    I'd like to name this friendly little Barred Rock chick "Betty" but first would like to know if it's a girl. I know I'll get varying opinions, but I thought it was worth a shot at least. What do you think?

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  2. menkot

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    Well there was a boy named Sue.....



    I am no expert especially on barred rocks so I would say wait until someone more knowledgeable comes by. [​IMG] That is a big comb though... but then again.. I dunno


    Wasn't I helpful? [​IMG]
     
  3. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

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    Well it does have black down the front of the legs which means girl, but to be sure, we need to see the head spot. A clearly defined white spot vs. a fuzzy one, not that I can remember which is girl/boy!! LOL, sorry, someone else will have to say or you can use the search function.
     
  4. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

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    menkot, yes you were extremely helpful! Thank you! [​IMG]

    The head spot is not sharply defined, a bit blurry on the edges. Does that help any?
     
  5. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

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    How old is the chick? That might help a little bit. By the feathering, I'm guessing about 3 weeks old which would be about a week early for the comb to start turning pink if it were a boy.
     
  6. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

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    My chicks are 16 days old. Guess I shoulda said that in the first place! [​IMG]
     
  7. HenHaven

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    Looks like a Betty to me! [​IMG]
     
  8. blue fire

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    she is very pretty [​IMG] where did you get her?
     
  9. 12 Acres

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    Thanks Henhaven! Let's hope you're correct!

    All my babies came from McMurray. They are all so much fun! [​IMG]

    Now, in order to really shake things up, I'm going to post pics of the rest of my BR chicks. I ordered these straight run and only to finish out my order of 25. I'd heard good things about this breed and thought, "Why not?"

    So, to continue this exercise in futility, here are the remaining 4 BR chicks:

    I mistake this one for "Betty" frequently. A very sweet bird:

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    This next one is nicknamed "Roo". It's the largest chick in my flock and his shanks are noticeably thicker than the other BRs. It's large size automatically make me think "roo". It feathered out before any of the others. It's a very skittish bird and despises being picked up. This may turn out to be one of the chickens we eat:

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    I get the last two mixed up all the time. They aren't skittish like "Roo" but are a challenge to pick up sometimes. They are so much alike I will only post a picture of one of them. They are medium sized, both with stubby tails.

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    I realize it's a gamble to try to sex chicks this way, but still I am curious to find out just how many are males and females. I am in the naming stage and am trying to get it right the first time around! [​IMG]

    Thanks for taking a look! I really like the Barred Rocks. They're smart and quick!
     
  10. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Ok, now I have that darn song in my head, "I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Al......"
     

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