My peachicks are growing up!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by msheets, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. msheets

    msheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey! Several months ago I posted pics of my peachicks asking about their color/gender. I can't believe how much they've grown already, they actually look like mini peacocks now lol. Anyways, do y'all still feel I have an India Blue male (LOTS of barring)? He's split to white of course due to his sibling being so, he has white/brown flight feathers.

    I ordered a DNA kit for the white since I don't want to wait years to be able to tell gender! Before the results are back, do y'all want to test your skills & give an opinion? It's a week older than the other so is slightly bigger...

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  2. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say the white is male[​IMG] , by the way you don't need to wait years, most whites can be sexed at 6 months old.
     
  3. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    Absolutely an IB male there. If the white is his sibling, and they hatched a week apart, you will be able to tell by about 8-10 months of age if the white is a male or female. They will either be the same size(both males) or the white will be noticeably smaller/shorter in which case you'll know it's a female. Not guaranteed 100 % accurate like a DNA test, but a lot cheaper. As long as I have something to compare them to I am generally right on the gender of whites at 8 months. If I have nothing to compare them to I won't even try to guess until they are at least a year. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess male on the white as well, just because of the posture/carriage.
     
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  4. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Do tell! how do we sex whites at that young age?
     
  5. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you referring to her chick or a six months old chick? I was just guessing on this chick.
     
  6. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 6 months old you can notice the difference between the males and females if you have more than one bird, males will bigger and taller, i can sex most of mine at 6 months, but spalding white will take longer.
     
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  7. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    A six month old white chick. OK, so you are going by size association. I have three whites almost three months old so I will be able to do that. We did the ring on a string trick when we picked them up so it will be interesting to see if that worked.
     
  8. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I thought that only worked before they hatch???
     
  9. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Now there is an idea! We will try it next time we set chicken eggs. Early this spring we hatched about eighty chicks days before a local auction, we ringed them and kept about half of what we thought were pullets and sold the rest. Out of about forty chicks we kept we had about four cockerels.
     

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