Is Mercury a boy or girl?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by glassdragonfly, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. glassdragonfly

    glassdragonfly Songster

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    Hi and good morning! Mercury was hatched on April 15 and I always thought she was a girl. However I'm not getting any signs either way. Both parents are half silkie on mothers side.Parents on fathers side is Hawkie or his son,I think they are EEs. Mercury is still smaller than her mother and her silkie grandma. Just curious what others think,either way I'm keeping him/her! DSC00649.JPG I'm starting to think boy.It's hard to tell with those weird feathers. DSC00654.JPG Here is Hawkie 100_0261.JPG
     
  2. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Can you get closer in pics of the saddle area? Usually a cockerel at this age will have very obvious comb and wattles, leading me to say this is a pullet... BUT I think I see male saddle feathers... which is confusing.
     
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  3. glassdragonfly

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    Ok,got some. DSC00660.JPG I agree they look like saddle feathers but they go way up the back. DSC00666.JPG All his/her feathers are way long even the ones under the wings. DSC00669.JPG Plus very small comb and still cream. Not trying to crow,still acts like a chick. ???? I can almost always tell by this age but this one has me baffled!
     
  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Dang. those are long and slender... but I think there's some of the silkie gene at play here, making the feathers more downy than firm.
    @Brahma Chicken5000 what do you think?
     
  5. glassdragonfly

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    The feathers are really soft and downy. Even the flight feathers are way more flexible and soft than they should be. Weird uh?
     
  6. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    You have a pullet. At 20 weeks a cockerel would be obvious.
     
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    cstephens1987 Crowing

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    Yeah I think the feathering is really due to silkie gene. I'm thinking Pullet based on comb and age and overall coloring but yeah what a beautifully odd looking bird
     
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  8. glassdragonfly

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    Thank you! I was hoping. She is so small(only 6 inch high at shoulders) and spoiled. She broke her leg a few weeks back and has been living in the garage. DH said she will have to spend the winter inside because of her feathers. She getting more exercise and getting stronger but I don't think she can hold up to the barred rock hens I have. Thanks for your input.
     
  9. glassdragonfly

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    I think "beautifully odd" is the perfect way to describe her!:clap
     
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