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Mix breed chicks- Gender help please!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Flocky, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. Flocky

    Flocky Out Of The Brooder

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    Our lovely hen Lilly ran off the the woods, made a nest and hatched some chicks! 16 in total, we lost 1 somewhere and I sold 10 to a nearby farm (my flock is a little larger than the 6 I promised my husband)
    So I am left with 5 chicks! All 5 are different colours, 1 is male for sure and I am really hopping the other 4 are girls.
    Opinions welcomed and appreciated!

    Dad- Mortimer, French Black Copper Marans Cross
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    Mom- Lilly, an Ameraucana Cross
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    The Male- Stew
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    First Hopeful- Peony
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    Second Hopeful- Bluebell
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    Third Hopeful- Tulip
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    Fourth and Final Hopeful- Daisy
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    Thanks!
     
  2. Flocky

    Flocky Out Of The Brooder

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    Forgot to say, They were born October 2nd so they are 8 weeks old [​IMG]
     
  3. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am no expert, but i think the last 3 look like pullets, and the first 2 i'm not sure. Look more like cockerels than the others.

    Their dad is super pretty :)
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    All but number 2 look like pullets. Number two looks like it's developing wattles--so I'd guess it's a cockerel.
     
  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I'm not really shore on gender, but my guess is that stew and peony are boys and that the other 3 are girls. love the names by the way.
     
  6. Flocky

    Flocky Out Of The Brooder

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    You guys are probably right about Peony. :( I was just hoping because he/she is a solid colour there was a chance. @cityfarmer12 Dad is an awesome rooster and quite friendly. To anyone in the BC Lower mainland he is free to a good home! Definitely can't keep him with his daughters around...
     
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    You have mixed breed chickens (mixed of mixed) so the rules bend a bit as to development. I find my barnyard mixes tend to mature faster than their pure breed cousins. They also tend to break the color rules as to male or female of the underlying breeds.

    I do find comb color the best indicator. At 8 weeks, it is highly likely (as pretty sure) that Stew and Peony are roo's and the last 3 pullets. But continue to watch them. I have had barnyard mutts lay at 13 and 14 weeks, yes, I double checked the calendar of the hatch date...but that was a winter hatch that took advantage of the spring lengthening light.

    All to say, I think you have 2 roo's and 3 pullets, but barnyard mixes can surprise you.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  8. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    man, i wish that i was near you! I would have a fun time convincing my parents to get another rooster though :) What's his name??
     
  9. Flocky

    Flocky Out Of The Brooder

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    @cityfarmer12 His name is Mortimer :)

    @Lady of McCamley I cannot believe the variations that have shown up. The colours! The straight combs and pea combs! Tulip even has a few feathers on her legs! I am really hoping for green eggs all around too :D
     
  10. FVRM

    FVRM Chillin' With My Peeps

    First two are boys
     

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