Delaware - 20 weeks. Roo or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by urbancknmama, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. urbancknmama

    urbancknmama Hatching

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    Hi Everyone! My hubby and I are in the process of raising chicks from a couple days old. They are now between the ages of 18-23 weeks. We bought them all as pullets. But I have recently found out there is a 10% chance they were not sexed right./ I am beginning to think my Delware, who we call sparkles because she loves dust baths, is a roo and not a hen... Any help determining would be much appreciated!!! <3[​IMG]

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  2. chickieluv123

    chickieluv123 In the Brooder

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    She looks like a hen to me
     
  3. sawilliams

    sawilliams Songster

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    I'd go with hen. Unless she's younger then you say most roosters start getting thier tails and other key feathers at 12-14 weeks, and thier combs as early as 8 weeks (I think). Also you would have likely heard someone at least trying to crow. Her beautiful red comb might just be because she is close to laying.

    The 10% is sort of a standard error rate, though I've read some hatchery will fill in and order 1 or 2 over with males to "keep the heat" more birds, more to huddle, less chance of getting cold in transport; or to supplement for the possible 10% lost in travel, as some simple can't survive the trip.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Need to see a shot that really shows the feathering on the back very clearly.
     
  5. hnichols

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    pullet i reckon
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    pullet
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. urbancknmama

    urbancknmama Hatching

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    Thanks everyone!! You were all right, in fact, I think she started laying today! :)
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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