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Can you sex Mille Fleur D'uccle chicks by markings?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lceh, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chicks, but I have 2 Mille Fleur D'uccle babies who have such different markings that I'm wondering if they are different sexes. One has little chipmunk stripes down its back; the other has no stripes at all. Does this mean anything? Just curious. They are little cuties, that's for sure.
     
  2. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    I was just wondering the same thing. I was told by the breeder that you can't tell by color only vent sexing which is hard to do because of their size [​IMG] Maybe someone here can help! We have some that are blonde and some that are blonde with dark patches on their back and puffy cheeks. I will watch this thread and thanks for asking this question! [​IMG]
     
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  3. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll post a photo when I can, but I just went and looked at them again. One is a darkish brown all over the body (no stripes); the other is a lighter brown/buff, with a dark stripe on the head and body.
     
  4. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    I will do the same, maybe we can compare notes [​IMG]
     
  5. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Chick #1 Blonde with a few brown spots and not very puffy cheeks
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    Chick #2 Blonde with a lot of dark brown on the back and puffy cheeks
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  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Mille fleur has no sex-linked genes in those that combine to create the colour & pattern. You may have a porcelain & a mille fleur. Can't tell for sure about the lighter chick.
     
  7. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Thank you for the info. I guess I will have to see how they grow up. I was told that the spots don't show up until they are much older.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    True--that takes awhile. Porcelain is the mille fleur pattern, but very diluted. Really pretty.
     
  9. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Oh I thought they were mostly white, guess you learn something new everyday. I hadn't even thought of Porcelain but if it is I am sure I will like it! Thank you so much!!!
     
  10. Schultz

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    Aww cute birdies. I can see one with a redish comb.
     

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