Dark Brahma Pullets @ 8 wks - Why does one look different?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cerise1924, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Cerise1924

    Cerise1924 Chillin' With My Peeps


    I hatched 3 Dark Brahmas in late January from shipped eggs. One chick was smaller and slower to feather. MY BYC friends have confirmed they are all pullets.

    At 8 weeks old, that smaller chick still looks very different from her sisters. At the top of the pic are the larger, faster-feathering pullets. They have a lot more splotchy white on them.

    The pullet at the bottom of the pic has fine barring or penciling (sorry, not sure about the terms) all over, and does not have the white. Her grey is a little more taupe, and at times I think I see a faint sheen of teal on a couple of her feathers.

    Is it normal for there to be such a difference in feathering for DB pullets of the same age?

    Do you think I was sent something other than a pure Dark Brahma?

    Thanks for any input you may have.

  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    The bottom one looks more like what I would expect a dark Brahma pullet to look like. Probably just normal variations in juvenile plumage.
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  3. KarenElliott

    KarenElliott New Egg

    Mar 24, 2017
    Hi, I am a new member as of tonight. I saw your post and am very interested in getting Brahma chicks or eggs. Can you share your source ? Thank you , Karen Elliott...I am in Kentucky
  4. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2016
    Northwest Oregon
    Same here, I would not have guessed that the top two were dark brahmas just from those photos. The bottom one definitely looks more like a Dark Brahma.
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Possibly that one on the bottom is a Cockerel if its getting the green feathering....Just a guess...;) Also , the lack,of tail feathering has me thinking Cockerel......;) Wait a few more weeks for it to mature.... :).......Cheers!
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2017
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I suspect two cockerels and a pullet. Please take pics showing chest feathers. The upper two have a white patch beginning on the wing bow even in juvenile feathers and the chests are likely to be either white with black splotches or black.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2017
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN

    Brahma pullets should have short tails. The easiest way to tell with these is the dramatic difference in adult patterning but it begins to show before they reach adulthood.
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    You must think Im stupid?...lol...;).....I'm not.....Cockerels are slow to grow in the tail feathers....;)

    Anyways, always someone to contradict a persons reply here in the Chicken threads...;)

  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012

    I am not familiar with Brahma, and not familiar with their feather patterning. But, going on general knowledge of other breeds, I'm guessing, based on the coloring (if indeed these three are all pure brahma, and representative of the breed) that you've got 2 cockrels, and one pullet. Now, I've got to do some homework!
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    A Brahma Cockerel and even a cross cockerel is slow to get his tail feathers...They are slow maturing Birds..Pullets get a nice tail as soon as they grow feathers...;).....Cockerels are usually late to crow also..:)...I have 9 right now and 3 are Cockerels and 6 Pullets..:).

    Oh , well...;)


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