Delawares! My nine sweetie's...boys or girls?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Pick-a-LilyFarm, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Pick-a-LilyFarm

    Pick-a-LilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are a nine photos of my Delaware's. They are 4 weeks old. Could you please give me feedback on what gender you think they might be. When I first hatched them, I did the feather sexing on them and thought that I had 4 girls and 5 boys, but now I'm no so sure. I took these pictures tonight while it was dusk. If you think I should take pictures during the day I will try again. Thanks!

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  2. GertieBird

    GertieBird Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you tell just by looking at the pics of such young birds? Is it the redder comb/wattles? I have 4 delawares which are supposed to be females....one is a little bolder than the others, but feather-wise and comb/wattle color look the same to me. They're 11 weeks old today. What can I watch for?
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I see six I believe are cockerels. Look at the shoulder markings. The ones with lots of "smut" down their backs are most likely male. Females rarely have that in this breed.

    2,3,5,6,8,9 seem to have alot of smut down the back and shoulder area (males), but some of the pics are hard to see in that area.
     
  5. Pick-a-LilyFarm

    Pick-a-LilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think I should get a better picture of them with their combs? Or do you think 2 are roos and the rest girls?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I think 6 are roos. The combs are not the thing with this breed, the shoulder markings are. Some males have little, most have some, females do not have them often.
     
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  8. Pick-a-LilyFarm

    Pick-a-LilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Eeeschk...Looks like I have some re-homing to do [​IMG] I am going to post pictures again in a couple weeks.... Thanks for the feedback!
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Female Delaware:

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    Male Delaware..see the "stippling" down his back between the shoulders?:

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    See the chicks leaning over? The male is on the right and the female is on the left.

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    I had one fool me good once, though. Male was marked like a female. You'll know in a couple weeks with more certainty. Like I said, it's hard to see in some of the pictures.
     
  10. Pick-a-LilyFarm

    Pick-a-LilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] I think your right SpeckledHen, they have the shoulder markings...they are light, but still there. My husband is not going to be happy. We love these guys...they are so sweet!!!! How am I going to rehome 6 boy delawares??? [​IMG]
     

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