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my "girls" are now 2 1/2 months - gender guesses?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by smnytx, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. smnytx

    smnytx Out Of The Brooder

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    I know my BR, Rocky, is a pullet - the barring is the girly kind, and she's just clearly a hen-to-be. Thankfully!

    The RIR (actually, production red), Rhody, used to worry me a lot. However, DH grew up with RIRs, and is certain she's a pullet. Anyone disagree? This is her at nine weeks (a week ago):
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    The EE (sold as an Americauna from Ideal) - this is the one that worries me now. I don't know enough about the "pointed feathers" thing or the pea comb (is that what this will be?). Her golden head makes her look roo-ish to me, but again, DH thinks she's a she... and all three did come from the pullet bin! Here are a lot of shots of her, again, taken at 9 weeks:
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    I included this last pic because I read on another thread where you could tell by the wing feathers... but I didn't quite understand the explanation. I know there is another chicken of this color type on the board (I've seen the pictures, but can't remember where). Does this look like a hen? (fingers crossed)...

    Thanks in advance!

    PS - the RIR is the largest, with the EE almost as big. The BR is the petite one of the bunch, and has been since I got them, 2 days after hatching.
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a hen to me.
     
  3. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 9 weks I would say hens. I have some 3 week old chicks right now and can already see the roo's in both production reds and EE. Both combs would be more pronounced by now if they were roos. Also, pointy feathers on the neck can be confusing because a lot of hens will have somewhat pointy feathers and certain color patterns can make them look a lot more pointy than they really are.

    Richard
     
  4. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    what is the name for the bi color of those last feathers? i have one who has similar on her lower back and i really really like it.
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    hens
     
  6. pattycake

    pattycake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say hens too -- I have a RIR with some slight hackling and curling tail feathers, unlike her sister, but she started laying recently, phew. She looked just like yours!
     
  7. smnytx

    smnytx Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the best news I've heard all day! I have three hens, woo hoo!

    Now, I just have to wait a couple more months for some EGGS![​IMG]
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Your RIR girl there at 9 weeks has a pretty large comb for a girl....it isn't red though and wattles are tiny so that's a good sign.

    Different breed but single comb at 16-17 weeks old .
     
  9. gardener

    gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ten week old RIR roo. I am betting yours is a pullet.

    Here is a photo from today

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    Last edited: Dec 10, 2007
  10. ScapeChicken

    ScapeChicken Out Of The Brooder

    Well for comparison sake, here’s what’s supposed to be a RIR pullet at just six weeks old. I think I have a roo on my hands.

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