Delawares??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hooterville, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Hooterville

    Hooterville Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I've figured out that these are Delawares. Am I right? Can you tell if they are roos or hens? They are 6 wks old.

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    Helen
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    Thanks!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, both pullets, it looks like to me. If their tails were barred, they'd be cockerels. Delaware pullets usually have black tail feathers, while the cockerels have barred tailfeathers like a Barred Rock.
     
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  3. Hooterville

    Hooterville Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, Cyn that is wonderful news! I can't wait to get home and figure out the others.

    They are the sweetest birds!!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mine are awesome, too. The ones I had last year were absolutely terrible-mean and nasty! I sold them all. The ones I have now are from a breeder, not hatchery stock, and they are so different from those evil chicks. I'm keeping a cockerel and the two pullets I have for breeding, I'm so impressed. Here's my 10 week old Kira:
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  5. Hooterville

    Hooterville Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have to admit that mine are from Cackle, but they are just so friendly! I really had no place in my area to get chicks, so that's where I ordered from. So far, so good! All healthy and growing. I set aside everyday to spend hanging out with them in hopes that they'll be friendly.

    The Delawares were the first to decide that my head is the best place to view the world. [​IMG]

    I don't know if its because they're from a hatchery or not, but your Kira looks like its comb is pinker than mine--Happy and Helen look a little yellower. [​IMG]

    I do have 2 others that I'm going to check tonight. They have thicker legs and combs are a bit bigger. I'm going to see if they have that barring or not.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Kira is a month older than your girls which is why her comb is a bit pinker. The boys look very different. Here is one of them, also 10 weeks so you can see:
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  7. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Oh this post is killing me! I love Delawares so much! You guys have some cuties on your hands there.... [​IMG]
     
  8. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Just to throw fuel on the fire --

    A breeder in central KY is selling an entire flock of "SQ" Delawares right now. If anyone is interested, check the Rare Chicken yahoogroups list. [​IMG]
     
  9. Hooterville

    Hooterville Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh wow! I can really see that barring on him! I can't wait to get home and go check mine! [​IMG]

    I'm just so excited that at least a couple of these are girls!!
     
  10. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    Those are two pretty little pullets you've got there.

    I had to laugh when you said they like the view from your head. That seems to be mine's favorite spot too.
     

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