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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Finn's Mom, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Songster

    These chicks are nearly 7 weeks old. I was told with some uncertainty that they are a buff brahma, a partridge rock and a barred rock when I purchased them and they were in a tub of mixed pullets. What do you all think they are? I've been having my doubts about the hen-like qualities of the third chick . . .
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    Thanks for your help!
     

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    buff brahma, partridge & barred, I would assume rocks, but the photos are too small for these old eyes. The partridge is female; the others, well, the photos are too small...
     
  3. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Songster

    Quote:I tried to make them bigger -- is this better?
     
  4. ourlittleflock

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    buff brahma - pullet

    mine looked the exact some at that age, she is probably a few weeks older than yours and she still had no sign of a comb

    - not sure on the other 2
     
  5. okiehen

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    All 3 look like pullets to me.
     
  6. Melissa034

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  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    With that much comb, I think the barred is a boy with one copy of barring (which is why it isn't lighter than it is).
     

  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I agree, the barred looks like a rooster, just with the wrong coloring.

    The others look like pullets.
     
  9. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Songster

    Quote:I agree, the barred looks like a rooster, just with the wrong coloring.

    The others look like pullets.

    I would be lying if I said I didn't like the 3 pullets answers best! Can you please explain what 'one copy of barring' and 'wrong coloring' means? (so I know what to look for when I am staring at him wishing him back to a pullet [​IMG]) And does it mean there is no hope at all Juliette will not be a Jules?

    Thank you again.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Barring is a sex-linked gene, meaning that males can carry two copies. Females only have a place for one copy. Unlike mammals, in birds the females have unmatched chromosomes (ZW) rather than the males (ZZ).

    The barring gene is incompletely dominant which means that there is a difference in appearance between one copy and two. With barring, the difference is the width of the white bar. Birds with two copies of barring (always male) have much wider white bars, and therefore look much lighter in overall colour. Females can only have one copy, but males may have either one copy or two.
     

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