Olive Egger Chicks I need help with Gender.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by abellchicken, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. abellchicken

    abellchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three Olive egger Chicks weeks old. Can anyone tell their gender for me? They are about 4 1/2 weeks old and a cross between EE and Black copper Maran. Thanks for your help.

    [​IMG]This is Sharpie.

    [​IMG]This one is Olive.

    [​IMG]This one is peaches. She is the only one with feathers on her feet.

    I just need to know, because I can not keep a Roo. Thanks.
     
  2. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they all look like hens to me, possibly top one might be a roo
     
  3. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    It's honestly too early to tell, in my opinion. The last chick seems to have a single comb which means it'll probably only lay a brown egg, if it is a pullet.

    If I were to guess I would say

    1. cockerel
    2. pullet
    3. cockerel

    Give it another 3 weeks and then post more pictures once their feathers have come in more.
     
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:100% agreement on sexes also that stright comb on teh pullet is going to give you brown eggs--needs a pea comb for colored eggs:-( stranger things have happened though:)
     
  5. abellchicken

    abellchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the second chick Olive has a pea comb? How do I know what each comb is suppost to look like?
     
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  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:pea combs are flattened with tiny raised bumps on the sides exactly like the great first picture you took-the middle chick has 1 raised single comb-
     
  7. abellchicken

    abellchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you tell that that one is a Roo and not a hen? Also What would a hens pea comb look like? Are the other two both straight combs, so brown eggs. Because the were crossed with Marans will the eggs atleast be dark? So many Questions I know, I am sorry.
     
  8. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! The chicks look like they are very happy.

    The second, Olive, is definitely a hen. I would say the same for Peaches. Sharpie is a wait and see. Most roos at this age are showing some pink in the comb, but you never know.

    In a few weeks, you'll begin to see the development of pointed neck feathers and saddle feathers if the bird is a rooster. If the bird is a hen, her feathers will continue to look like those of the other two.

    As for Peaches, she probably will lay a deep brown egg. The pea comb gene is fairly tightly linked to the blue egg gene, so 95% of the time if you don't have the pea comb you will not get olive eggs. However, there's always the 5% chance you will!
     
  9. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:A hens pes comb would look like the first photo-but stay lightened in color much longer and the bumps wouldnt be as pronounced as a roo peacomb-until they are MUCH older-even then they are smaller than roos. If they were crossed with marans then you should get a deeper brown colored egg-very pretty too!
     
  10. abellchicken

    abellchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this about the age you really start to see the comb? The feathers you have to wait for about 6 weeks or is it longger?
     

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