d'Uccle early rooster detection

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by elmo, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    I have five d'Uccle chicks that hatched May 5. Up until yesterday, I was guessing two of them were little roos based on their comb development: the combs of these two chicks are bigger and already red, as compared with their three same age siblings. But yesterday I noticed chick no. 3 starting to get a red comb. Another little roo, or an earlier maturing pullet?

    I know I'm going to have to wait to see for sure, but I'm anxious. We so wanted more d'Uccles, and we can't keep the roos!
  2. dolly85

    dolly85 Songster

    Jun 1, 2010
    The differences show up pretty early. Here is a mille fleur d'uccle hen and roo at 8 weeks. [​IMG]
    A blue roo [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2010
  3. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Oooh, beautiful birds.

    The little pullet looks like she hasn't even started growing her comb at 8 weeks. Is that typical? Darn. I think I may have three roos.
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    Well....look at that!
  5. chicnfarmer

    chicnfarmer Songster

    May 21, 2010
    I'm in the same boat - I had 2 MFd'U hatch out in my first batch of the year and they both appear to be roosters...
    I hatched out 4 in my latest batch - hoping for hens (the four in the back are Mille fleurs - one of them came out black)!
  6. kipper

    kipper Songster

    I'm so glad you posted this.

    I hatched 9 that are now 5 1/2 weeks, sold 6 to a friend at 1 week. She ended up with 3 of each gender, I have 3 pullets. At least they have tiny pale combs, so I think pullets. By six weeks is it obvious?

    Those of you with roos, are you in Washington? I was hoping to get an unrelated Mille Fleur d'Uccle roo for my girls.

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