Is "Porcelain" the same pattern as Cuckoo?

kwphotomom

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I have some 3 day old Porcelain Belgian d'Anver chicks, wondering if they can be sexed the same as Cuckoo by looking at the dots on the top of their heads. Anyone know?
 

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Porcelain is mille fleur with the lavender gene added. Cuckoo is barring. They are very different patterns. As far as I know there is no way to sex porcelain chicks by down patterns.
 

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There are some breeds like flowery 55 i think that combine both barring and mottled to make the autosexing easier. But i think with any bantam you can probably sex them pretty early since the boys become girl crazy earlier than my large fowl breeds. I havent had d'anvers yet though.
 

kwphotomom

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Porcelain is mille fleur with the lavender gene added. Cuckoo is barring. They are very different patterns. As far as I know there is no way to sex porcelain chicks by down patterns.

That makes a lot of sense now that you laid it out for me, this was very helpful, thanks!!
 

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There are some breeds like flowery 55 i think that combine both barring and mottled to make the autosexing easier. But i think with any bantam you can probably sex them pretty early since the boys become girl crazy earlier than my large fowl breeds. I havent had d'anvers yet though.

This is very interesting, haven't noticed the boys being girl crazy. We had lavender cuckoo d'anvers (hatched 8ish weeks ago) and they were pretty easy to sex from a few days based on the white dot on the top of the head. I want to say the male combs turned red around 3-4 weeks, so we had confirmation pretty quickly. I currently have 10 chicks I will be donating to some 4-h kiddos, and was hoping to get them pairs or trios, but the chicks are only 3 days old at this point and it doesn't look like there is any way to tell for sure what I'll be giving them (meeting is tomkrrow). I've done my best to judge from the combs, but so hard it say when they are this young!
 

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With nothing else to go on i would pair a big chick with a small one if there is any size difference at all. Also girls tend to feather faster maybe? And boy chicks could have slightly thicker legs. Just ideas.
 

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With nothing else to go on i would pair a big chick with a small one if there is any size difference at all. Also girls tend to feather faster maybe? And boy chicks could have slightly thicker legs. Just ideas.
Took your advice and paired big ones with small ones ;). Thanks!
 

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