Olive Egger Chicks - gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by heidibee, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. heidibee

    heidibee Chirping

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    These Olive Eggers are 4 weeks. They started to show color on the waddles last week. What do you think so far? I have a collage from week 1 through week 4, and a close up head shot of each. They supposedly had a Cream Legbar mom and a Black Copper Marans dad, which from what I read means they should have been able to be sexed at hatch, but I didn't see them until they were already a week old. Not sure what I think.

    Olive Egger #1:
    OE1 week 4.jpg
    OE1.jpg

    Olive Egger #2:
    OE2 week 4(2).jpg
    OE2.jpg


    Olive Egger #3:
    OE3 week 4(1).jpg OE3.jpg
     
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  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    #3 looks like a rooster
     
  3. CiaBia

    CiaBia Chirping

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    I agree with the above comment, I'm quite certain #3 is a cockerel. #2 & 3 both have straight combs, with #1 having a pea comb (blue egg gene carrier). The first one seems to be developing pink in the comb, which may indicate a cockerel as well at this age. It will become more apparent in the next couple weeks. #2 doesn't seem to have any red coloration as of yet, so fingers crossed if you're hoping for a hen! Keep an eye out for reddening in the comb and little wattles developing.

    Do you still have the contact information of the seller? I don't know the auto sexing genetics very well but if they are indeed auto sexable at hatch and you end up with all males I would be a bit unhappy :oops: or they could have just not known.
     
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  4. heidibee

    heidibee Chirping

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    I do. He is breeding a lot of breeds out of his garage, so it seems more like a casual hobby breeder than a legit serious one. Keeping my fingers crossed! I'm nonconfrontational so I probably won't say anything. I have friends willing to take any roosters and they'd get to live with lots of ladies on several acres.
     
  5. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Its really soon to tell for sure, but I'm very suspicious of #1, and I think #3 is definetly a cockerel. #1 has a lot of comb for a 4 wk old. That said, I don't know enough about chicken genetics to know if that combo would have provided a sex linked olive egger.
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  6. puffypoo

    puffypoo Like Machine

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    male, female, male imo
     
  7. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I think the 3rd chick is a cockerel. I’m on the fence about the other 2 if they’re pullets. Repost pictures of them when they are 8 weeks old.
     
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  8. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! Free Ranging

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    Please wait unl they are six weeks old, then post npics of their combs.
     
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  9. JedJackson

    JedJackson Crossing the Road

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    Wow, your cockerels are certainly the lucky ones. I wish they all could find nice homes like that. I think 3 is likely a cockerel but I wouldn't write off 1 just yet, much less 2.
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    agree with Jed
     

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