Please help

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 1Cluckygirl, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. 1Cluckygirl

    1Cluckygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two chicks, about 6 weeks old I think. I got them from a meat market shop so I have no idea what breeds they might be. They're probably just mutts, but if you guys have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

    This is Bertha, but I think she might be a he!
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    This is Elaina. She doesn't have all her big girl feathers yet, but she's coming in with this lovely speckley pattern.
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  2. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Both are undoubtedly cockerels. Bertha is a Barred Rock, Elaina is Easter Egger.
     
  3. 1Cluckygirl

    1Cluckygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    How can you tell? I was really hoping for girls because I can't have roos.
     
  4. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    First, the Barred one is light enough the he has two copies of the barring gene--females can not have two copies.

    Second, the Easter Egger has the three-rowed peacomb that is very big and bright red for such a young guy. He also has the classic red coming in on his shoulders.

    ETA: sorry to say, but a "meat market" is probably not the best place to buy pullets.
     
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  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    x2. The Easter Egger is feathering in very slowly which tends to be a male trait as well.
     
  6. 1Cluckygirl

    1Cluckygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband found the shop in LA and bought them for me on a whim. I'll have to figure out what to do with them now that I can't keep them.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, too.
     

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