Gender advice needed on 16 week old Sussex and Ancona etc.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by shortstaque, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered 25 day old chicks, all alleged pullets. It didn't turn out quite that way. This is my first time raising chickens and I'd feel better if someone confirmed my suspicions before seeking my refund (50 cents a bird [​IMG]) Some are pretty obvious, but the Sussex and Ancona may very well be hens but they are different from their sisters so I think they are questionable.

    Bluet the Blue Andalusian Roo-he crows, so no question. He's mean to the girls. Boy does he rule the roost. . [​IMG]

    Sammy the Salmon Faverolles, his brother Ollie looked just like him but had a scissor beak and alas he didn't make it. Both have very sweet dispositions. Sammy crows, plus I understand the dark coloring is always a rooster in this breed. [​IMG]

    Rocky the Barred Plymouth Rock (shown here with his mate Barry) He tries to tackle the hens so between that and the sickle feathers its pretty positive.
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    Ronald McDonald the Rhode Island Red Roo. Second in comand after Bluet. Shimery green tail feathers, comb and wattles developed way faster than his sister.
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    Edgar the Easter Egger. He is very, very nice. He is about twice the size of his sisters. He's got the biggest legs of any in my flock. He's been making a funny quacking sound and looking confused about where it came from. [​IMG]

    So I'm pretty sure about all of those. Here are two on my watch list and I'm wondering if any folks have experience with sexing the sussex and ancona breeds.

    First the Anconas, they are so quick its hard to take their pictures so I'm including a bunch of pictures for comparison. Connie has a small yellow comb that obviously flops over. Annie (Andy?) has a bigger, bright pinkish/red comb that stands up and noticeable bright pinkish red waddles.

    Annie (Andy?) [​IMG][​IMG]

    Connie for comparison, for some reason the pic makes her comb look pinker, in real life it is much more yellow: [​IMG]

    Both of them together, the way they move these were tough to get, sorry they are not the best images. [​IMG]
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    Finally the Speckled Sussex'. The first time I questioned these two was when they were just 6 weeks old. Susy was beautiful and fully feathered. Specky was still downy down the middle of the back. As Specky's tail feathers came in they looked different than Susy's. It doesn't show up particularly well on photos, but some of Specky's tail feathers are pointy and ruffley. (I don't mean the feather that is obviously broken off.) Otherwise they look very similar. Specky is spookier than Susy.

    Specky [​IMG]

    Susy [​IMG]

    Together, Specky is in back. [​IMG]

    Thank you in advance for any help sexing my chickens!!!![​IMG]
     
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  2. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
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    Well I can say this...you know your chickens. I think your suspicions are well founded, all of the suspect birds are roos. You may want to check your order to make sure that you didn't order straight run by mistake. If you bought them from Ideal, it would be true to form from them. On two orders from them they threw in at least a dozen extra roos on my pullet orders. I will say that the roos were all extra birds and were sent in addition to my correctly sexed pullets but they got me twice...never have ordered from them again. McMurray has missed the sexing a few times but for the most part they are right on the money....least it has been so in my experience.
     
  3. iluvmichickens

    iluvmichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had to say that I really enjoyed your post! [​IMG]
    You have beautiful chickens and I can tell you take good care of them.
    I love your names for them, by the way!
     
  4. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Quote:I have to agree with iluvmichickens. You do have beautiful chickens and they looks very happy and VERY healty. If you lived closer to me, I would take every roo in your coop! They are beautiful!
     
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Yep, I agree with the others...you have beautiful healthy looking chickens. I'd love to see pics of your coop and runs!
     
  6. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    I don't know about the two speckled sussex. I had two silver laced wyandottes that feathered out very differently. I posted the pics and pretty much everyone agreed that one was a boy and the other a girl based on their early (I think it was about 16 weeks) feathering. They are both laying eggs now and I can't tell them apart. You would never believe it based on their earlier differences! I agree your birds are very pretty. Are you going to have a bachelor pad?
     
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  7. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the Anconas and Sussex are pullets. You are right about all the suspect roosters.
     
  8. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, I live in town and have a husband who doesn't like repetetive noises, so most of the roos will go. I'd like to keep two, if they can keep it down. My picks at this point are the EE so I can make more EE's for next year, and probably the PBR. He might end up being agressive though based on his current stance. I would have loved to keep the Salmon Faverolles but unfortunately I don't have a hen to match. His mate was also male and didn't make it because of the scissor beak.
     
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  9. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nope, not from Ideal. Got them from MyPetChicken. Just confirmed my order was for all females. I spent an extra $12.50 to make it that way. I figured, I'd get one or two, but 6 confirmed thats bad. Did you think the ancona and sussex were hens or roos?
     
  10. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have to agree with iluvmichickens. You do have beautiful chickens and they looks very happy and VERY healty. If you lived closer to me, I would take every roo in your coop! They are beautiful!

    Aw shucks, thanks everybody!!!
     

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