Our Ameraucana, boy or girl?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DIZNEYGIRLS, May 27, 2016.

  1. DIZNEYGIRLS

    DIZNEYGIRLS New Egg

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    top pic is about 5 or 6 weeks old, bottom pic is today at 7 or 8 weeks.
     
  2. Table4Six

    Table4Six Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing that thats a boy.
     
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert by any means but that bird has yellow legs, a rose comb and appears to be silver laced, so my guess would be that it is a Silver laced Wyandotte and probably a roo with that amount of redness in it's comb and wattles at such a young age. An Ameraucana should, I think, have slate legs, a pea comb and probably not that colouring. Hopefully someone with experience of these breeds will chip in and confirm..... or maybe say I'm typing a load of tosh!,[​IMG]
     
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  4. WilsonFarm

    WilsonFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    X2! I'm not experienced but I saw SLW right away. Would definitely say cockerel.
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Yup, that is no Ameraucana. Definitely a cockerel most likely a hatchery quality SLW.
     
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  6. DIZNEYGIRLS

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    Thanks yeah we looked up pictures and it's a SLW for sure. The feed store said it was a Ameracanna and supposed to a hen.
    So we didn't want a rooster but looks like we do. What are the downfalls to keeping him (was Betsy guess it now Billy) with our other 5 hens (4 different breeds). I don't want chicks. If we collect eggs daily are we ok? Do the eggs taste different with a rooster in the hen house? We would find a home for him and be sad to see him go as he is the friendliest of our 6. Has been since day one.
    Also our are about 8 weeks or so now. Could we get say 2 more chicks (Ameracanna or EE) and when old enough put with the other 5 ok.
     
  7. eleaserek

    eleaserek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So long as you collect eggs daily they are just fine, taste no different than unfertilized eggs. They have to be incubated at about 100F for a couple days before they develop.
    A few more girls for him would not be a bad thing. Cockerels have a tendency to be quite...amorous when they are young, lol. The more girls they have the less you have to worry about him over breeding, stressing them out and damaging the feathers on their backs.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, he's friendly....for now. It's actually not "friendly" so much as "bold" behavior. And it's quite likely to change when the hormones hit. With that little cutie holding him, and any other littles you might have around, I'd have a rapid contingency plan for getting rid of him at the first sign of aggression. Randy cockerels and little kiddos often end badly.
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with donrae, watch out for him. Kids are especially vulnerable to attack - because they are closer to the ground, pecked eyes, spurred legs - not fun at all.
     
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I agree totally with Diva and donrae. Those roosters that start out being the friendliest and the most affectionate, are often roosters that, when the hormones start raging, look at you (or the kids) as rivals rather than keepers. They have no respect for you....they never had to learn to respect you. And he may be fine - one of those roosters that lives a long, happy life knowing his place in the flock and allowing you to retain your title as "flock master". But do watch him carefully around kids and don't be afraid to do whatever you have to do to protect them. I had to cull one for aggression. It was a tough call but around here a rooster gets one chance. Scout blew his. (You can read his story by clicking on the story of Scout and the frostbitten feet in my signature)
     

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