My Wyandotte fooled me! (... and other breeds)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by desau, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. desau

    desau New Egg

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    Newbie here.

    I've got 7 bantams.

    There are two age batches here: The Wyandotte and Japanese bantams are around 17 weeks old.

    The silkies and polish bantams are around 12 weeks old.

    I thought that they were all hens because I'd already culled out two roosters that started crowing around 10 weeks (from the first 17 week-old batch).

    However, just about 3 days ago, the "big momma" (Wyandotte) decided to push out some lovely green curved tail feathers. Doing some quick googling revealed that "she" is probably actually a "he".

    So .. abashed, here I am.

    Any advice on how many others here are also roosters (assuming the Wyandotte) is actually a rooster?

    Also - I'm not positive about the breeds (well .. I am about the polish and silkies .. hard to screw that up). But the two older ones -- I believe are Silver Laced Wyandotte and the white one is I believe a Japanese bantam.

    Summary:
    1 17 week old Silver Laced Wyandotte bantam, probably rooster
    1 17 week old Japanese bantam, presumed hen
    3 12 week old Silkies (black, white and red), presumed all hens
    2 12 week old Polish bantams, presumed both hens

    Wyandotte with Japanese in background:
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    Wyandotte tail shot:
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    Wyandotte head shot:
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    Wyandotte overhead shot:
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    Japanese bantam head shot:
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    Japanese bantam body shot:
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    Japanese bantam overhead shot:
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    White Silkie body shot:
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    Another white silkie body shot:
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    Black silkie body shot:
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    Black silkie body / head shot:
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    Red Silkie:
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    Red Silkie:
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    Polish 1:
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    Polish 2:
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    Polish 3:
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    Polish 4:
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    Polish 5:
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    Polish 6:
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    I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I can't tell the two polish apart .. I think they're probably both the same sex since they look (to my untrained eyes) so similar.

    I've got a number of other shots in much higher resolution - I can post URL's to those if desired.

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wyandotte is def a roo. The skinny pointy feathers always give it away. Very pretty birds.
     
  3. SilverChickie

    SilverChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Wyandotte is a roo; curved tail feathers and saddle feathers give it away.

    Can't help with the Jap. or the silkies, but the Polish are both girls. Very pretty birds! Wish I had some Polish.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    #1 (wyandotte) is definitely a roo
    #2 (jap) is definitely a pullet
    #3 (white silkie) looks like a roo because of the crest (or lack of)
    #4 (black silkie) looks like a pullet
    #5 (red <buff> silkie) looks like a roo, again because of the crest (or lack of)
    #6 (polish pic #5) looks like a roo on the left because the crest looks like it is spreading out and it also looks like the tail feathers are getting longer, the one on the right is a girl

    ETA: It is very difficult to tell on silkies before they are 5 months old or so. The roosters will get 'streamers' (do a search) on the back of their crests, the hens don't get those. Give the polish a couple more weeks and I guarantee that the one on the left in #5 pic will look more like a roo [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010

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