Gender guesses - EE's, SLW's, Welsummers

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Messica, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm brand new here and plan to read far more than I post. That said, in my intro thread Ol Gray Mare suggested I post pictures of my chicks to see if anyone has gender suggestions. They were hatched 3/27, so are now just a smudge over three weeks old. The SLW's are obvious to me at this point, as is one of the Welsummers, but the rest are a straight run mystery. I'll be sure to update the thread as they grow, much thanks for any insight :)

    SLW1 (pullet?)
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    SLW2 (cockerel - it seriously bums me out that he's already got so much attitude to boot because I think he's going to be really pretty)
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    EE1
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    EE2
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    EE3
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    EE4
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    W1
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    W3
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    W4 (suspected cockerel, he's nearly rumpless while the others all have tail feathers, he's been far slower to feather out, faded "eyeliner" and v on head
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    For fun, the only two I KNOW are pullets are my Speckled Sussex
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  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    SLW 2, EE3, W1, possibly W4 look likecockerels.l
     
  3. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's largely what I expected too. Thank you for your reply ChickenLover!

    Any tips on what to really focus in on to confirm in the upcoming weeks? Being completely green to chickens is it realistic to leave them together until fall or will that likely cause too much chaos?

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    Another of W1
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  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll want to watch comb/wattle growth, watch for saddle feathers growinginat the base of the tail feathers, curving tail feathers, crowing around 9 or so weeks.
    I've kept several roosters together and they never fought. It seems to me if they grow up together there's less of a chance for "arguments" between them, but each rooster has a different personality, and if it comes to aggressive fighting, it's time to separate them. Of course there's always the choice of a BBQ too, but I don't have the heart. I find it best to not keep them in the samepen as the hens if you have the roosters together, but that's my opinion.
     

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