d'Uccle early rooster detection

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
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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!
 

dolly85

Songster
9 Years
Jun 1, 2010
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The differences show up pretty early. Here is a mille fleur d'uccle hen and roo at 8 weeks.

A blue roo
 
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elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
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DFW
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.
 

chicnfarmer

Songster
9 Years
May 21, 2010
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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)!
 

kipper

Songster
10 Years
Apr 11, 2009
381
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Key Peninsula, Washington
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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