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Guinea wattles

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by muddychicken2, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. muddychicken2

    muddychicken2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does a roo have a cupped wattle and the hen have a straight wattle or is it just the breed or do they both have cupped wattles[​IMG]
     
  2. Fishbone

    Fishbone Out Of The Brooder

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    From what I've been told, this is correct.
     
  3. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a "General Rule of Thumb", and not always accurate. Relying on the female's two-syllable call is the best and earliest way of telling who's what.
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muddy, you must have missed me telling you about wattles in a reply to one of the PMs you sent me (you asked about sexing keets). Or maybe you don't believe me? LOL [​IMG]

    I'll copy and paste what I wrote to you, just in case you skimmed over it and accidently missed it:

    "most males will have larger wattles... but some males can have one large cupped wattle and 1 flat wattle or even 2 flat wattles like a Hen should have. And some Hens can end up growing pretty large cupped wattles too, or even one of each as well.... so wattle size/shape isn't 100% reliable way to sex a bird."


    According to Proposed Guinea Fowl Standards, male Guinea Fowl should have large cupped wattles that stick out from the face, female Guinea Fowl should have smaller wattles that lay flat to the face. (Does not mean they all do tho).
     
  5. kyexotics

    kyexotics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    """"but some males can have one large cupped wattle and 1 flat wattle """"

    Is that permanent or temporary condition? One of ours, which has become slugish, has one that is now flat where we didn't think it was before...I wondered whether there was any relation between wattles and their health...It seemed to go flat when it turned slugish, it's our only experience so we're just questioning it for future reference...Thanx in advance!
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
  6. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wattles will often change shape over time. Mostly on young ones under 6 months but I have a guinea hen who is two years old and just recently one wattle became curly. Ive never had a wattle going from curly to flat but from my experience, one curly one flat wattle is usually not permanent.
     
  7. ColesCreek

    ColesCreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In OZ they do yes ALL males have large cupped and ALL females have smaller flat wattles, 100% when sexed correctly by a pro breeder. Not sure about other countries as the gene pool is different and could be slightly different
     
  8. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay that's strange because some of my confirmed females who I've seen lay eggs have medium or small cupped wattles and one male who is definitely a male has small flat wattles :confused: maybe mine are not proper Aussie bred guineas with a different gene pool :confused:
     
  9. ColesCreek

    ColesCreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is interesting kyexotics, maybe the dehydrate in the wattles when sick?
     
  10. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a batch of guineas eight now that would make the experts shake their heads. My main male has cupped wattles, but so does my big female. One of our males has small ones... We have a female with large flats. I know what they are only by their sound and leg band numbers.
     

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