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Need to know gender of 12 week Delaware

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by addictedtochickens, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. addictedtochickens

    addictedtochickens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    I was raising Delaware roosters for science fair and didn't want to eat any hens by accident. When I was reading it said that hens would have black tail feathers instead of barred feathers and this one has black feathers but the tail looks wrong. Here are some pictures


    Here is a comb/ head shot


    and here is a neck feather shot because I read it may show if it was male or female??? The feathers are rounded incase the picture doesn't show well.

  2. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  3. addictedtochickens

    addictedtochickens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    Thanks. Are the tail feathers different because it is hatchery quality?
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I see a whole bunch of cockerels.

    This one doesn't have barring because it is a Columbian Rock, not a Delaware. That or the hatcheries really have bad breeding.
  5. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    Roos. All roos.
  6. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    All roosters.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    The one in question is a rooster. I'm looking at legs, comb, wattles, tail and hackle feathers to make that call.
  9. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    When I was wrestling with determining the gender of my 2 Dels this summer, a breeder said that males had barred tail feathers (like the bird in the background in your 2nd picture) ON THE ADULTS. Females have feathers that are black with white edges. BUT you can't use tailfeathers as a determining factor until they get their adult feathers. At that time I had one bird with barred feathers and one with white edged black tail feathers. Both turned out to be girls and are both laying.

    On the same token, those tailfeathers are certainly curved downward compared to my girls' tails. http://picasaweb.google.com/sharol46/Almost14Weeks# Lucy and Angel are the 2 Dels at 14 weeks in these pictures. Note that their tails are much shorter than your bird and don't curve down. My girls came from MPC so they are hatchery quality.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2011
  10. addictedtochickens

    addictedtochickens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    I still have about two months to wait on these so I guess I should know for sure then. Delawares are so pretty I just didn't know I would want a bunch of Delaware hens when I got them. Chicken math is becoming a serious problem for me, I have 25 golden sexlink hens coming in march. [​IMG] Thank you for all of the posts.

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