Delaware roo or pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hudsonhomestead, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. hudsonhomestead

    hudsonhomestead New Egg

    Aug 15, 2015
    hoping i still have a chance she's a she, but not sure :/ 9wks old... i have a couple pics of tail feathers, but my phone died before i could load them.. they are black but not solid, they have white on them too

  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    That's a bit more red than I'd like to see at 9 weeks, but the comb is small. Delawares mature quickly, and you've got them maturing outside in the lengthening days, so maturity will come even sooner.

    So, there is a chance this could be a maturing female who will lay a bit earlier (maybe by 18 to 20 weeks).

    Watch the comb. If it gains in size and gets even redder, you will have a male. Also watch for curling tail feathers and any hint of saddle....right now, from that photo, I think it all looks pretty rounded for hen feathering (maybe a little hackle spike, but I've had plenty of girls with that too).

    Both male and female Delawares have black/stripped trimmed tails...the males do have more tail trim than the females.

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2016
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    a lot of things to look out for. Hope you end up with pullets

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