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Lavender araucana gender confussion

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tal who, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Tal who

    Tal who Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! So I recently posted a thread on here about my 2 chickens and I got some amazing help receiving advice from the people on this forum :) anyways since then I have noticed my araucana growing more fluffy rounded feathers and have also noticed him/her missing feathers on its wings? Wondering if this could mean it may be a female?
    And why is he/she losing feathers?
    Forgot to mention it's 12 weeks old. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, that's not an Aracauna because it has tail feathers (Aracaunas are rumpless), so it's probably an Easter Egger. The sexing method of feather shape is not very accurate, I'd suggest posting a pic of the comb. For now, I'm guessing pullet. Also, I can't know for sure by the pics, but does it have a crest? It looks like it does in one pic. It's probably just having an early molt. The feathers will be replaced in a few days.
     
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  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    X2.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The bird in question is located in Australia. Their Araucanas are different than the ones we have in here in the States.
     
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  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Ok, that makes sense. (I forgot to look at their location). [​IMG]
     
  6. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great, I didn't see that.
     
  7. Tal who

    Tal who Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone sorry I forgot to mention we are in Australia. Thank you or junebuggena for clearing that up :)
    Someone else has mentioned early molt too :) seems like that is the culprit which is fine. Excited to receive our new chicken house for them tomorrow :)
     
  8. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Australian Araucana cockerel - the patch of colour on his wings is a dead giveaway.

    They're dropping feathers because they are moulting [​IMG]
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed
     
  10. I have lavender EE's (located in Aust) yours is an Aracauna. I must agree it is looking like a boy with the flecks of colouring. [​IMG]
     

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