Is my 6 week old Speckled Sussex a Daisy or a Duke?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Streganona, May 5, 2017.

  1. Streganona

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    I'm a newbie with a little flock of six baby chickens, all different breeds. One little lady, our sweet Miss Daisy, is making me wonder if she's due for a name change. She's 6 weeks old. I know we can't be sure for several weeks yet. .. but am wondering what more experienced folks might think. Is our Daisy really a Duke?

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That comb is pretty pink already, I'd say rooster.
     
  3. Rickba

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    Still too young to tell.
     
  4. Streganona

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    She's so sweet. I'm praying she's a little lady so we can keep her. When do you think we'll have a better idea?
     
  5. Rickba

    Rickba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depending on how fast the breed matures, you're looking at 6 to 16 weeks. Look for the growth of the red wattle under the chin. Your Roosters will have larger bright red wattles. Also brighter colors and larger tail feathers. But the wattles are dead give-a-way. They'll start to grow first. My red sex links are 6 weeks and the roosters waddles are already 1/2 inch long. Now my white silkie bantams are 5 weeks, which matures slow. No sign of which ones are roosters. They may be a while. Look up the mature rate of your breed of chick and you'll have an idea when you should see the change. I hope this answer helps.
     
  6. Streganona

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    Thank you so much. That's very helpful. I'll look up about the wattles. Right now they're just barely showing. Fingers crossed that's a good sign.
     
  7. Streganona

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    20170811_163110.jpg 20170814_150530.jpg It's been awhile since I posted.... Miss Daisy is now around 17 weeks old and is definitely a hen. Yeah! She blessed us with our first egg last Tuesday.
     
  8. pineapple416

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    Beautiful hen and a great first egg! First eggs are so exciting. I love this breed so much! My profile pic is of my speckled Sussex hen Edith. She is a great layer and has an awesome personality. I am really surprised that she turned out being a hen! Congrats to you!
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Congratulations
     
  10. Streganona

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    She's a very friendly lady and leader of the flock. Such a sweet girl. I love my Miss Daisy
     
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