1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

I must've agreed the chicken gods.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LivingCanvas, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. lil chicklets

    lil chicklets Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Apr 23, 2016
    I am so sorry about that[​IMG]
     
  2. LivingCanvas

    LivingCanvas Out Of The Brooder

    87
    2
    41
    Apr 12, 2016
    Glen Carbon, IL

    Yeah, they've got some black on their feathers. They also don't have much for tail feathers yet & the tips of their wing feathers are pointed. Blah.

    We weren't necessarily going to keep a roo but if we do, I doubt it'll be one of the Salmons. It looks Ike we'll also have an EE roo, a BCM roo & possibly a Welsummer roo.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    8,042
    528
    351
    Jul 28, 2008
    MA
    Pullets also have black or dark grey primaries. Chest and leg feathers generally are a more accurate indicator of sex. Are they breeder or hatchery chicks?
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    8,042
    528
    351
    Jul 28, 2008
    MA
    Pullets also have black in the primaries. Hatchery pullets are frequently on the darker side Pointed wing feathers have nothing to do with gender, they can't be feather sexed. There is a Faverolles thread if you want to post pictures when they start getting body/leg feathers

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/268082/faverolles-thread/16540

    My chicks are spazzy from 2 weeks to about 12 weeks. After that they calm down and I end up tripping over them at maturity.
     
  5. LivingCanvas

    LivingCanvas Out Of The Brooder

    87
    2
    41
    Apr 12, 2016
    Glen Carbon, IL
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    They are hatchery quality, so I know that makes it more difficult.
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2016
  6. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,965
    290
    148
    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO

    Well, also the pullet is almost fully feathered, smaller, and while she has some light grey feathers doesn't have any black. The roos don't even have all their wing feathers in yet, are about a third bigger, and are constantly chest bumping, pile driving, etc. and generally making a pain of themselves. So, I had other indications. :) Mine are also from a farm/feed store.
     
  7. LivingCanvas

    LivingCanvas Out Of The Brooder

    87
    2
    41
    Apr 12, 2016
    Glen Carbon, IL

    How old are yours? I didn't get an exact birth date & this is my first time with chickens so I'm not good at estimating the ages.

    I don't seem them chest bumping, lol, but they walk all over the others. But I wonder if that's just because they'd been in a small brooder tray with 30 other birds until I'd taken them home.
     
  8. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,965
    290
    148
    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO

    Well, I got them four weeks ago. I don't remember them having much in the way of feathering then, so that's probably close to their age. And yeah, they steamroller the other chicks but not on purpose? Big dumb jocks. :rolleyes:
     
  9. LivingCanvas

    LivingCanvas Out Of The Brooder

    87
    2
    41
    Apr 12, 2016
    Glen Carbon, IL

    Oi. Yeah, I'm hoping for pullets (as that's what I paid for) but not holding my breath. [​IMG]
     
  10. captivatedlife

    captivatedlife Out Of The Brooder

    39
    4
    24
    Apr 21, 2016
    For reals. I was obsessively searching on Sunday and I just had to make myself stop. They will be hens or roosters without any "help" from me!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by