sexing blue wheaten ameraucana by color?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Marme, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Marme

    Marme Chirping

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    So most of the research I've done on sexing blue wheaten ameraucanas has said that if they have a lot of darker feathering that means they are a cockerel, as opposed to the pullets who are lighter and less flashy. I know its early at 3 weeks, but do I most likely have a little cockerel here? So far from my straight run chicks its looking like I have 3 Roo's so far. The others I'll have to wait longer to find out =(
     

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  2. Sorya C

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    Hi, yes they are a bit young, maybe wait one or two more weeks. But you cant always rely on colour because every chicken is different. The best thing is looking at the combs and wattles, if you have a better picture sideways and from the top the the combs it would be helpful. From your pictures they dont all seem like roos.
    Hope this helped!
     
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  3. Marme

    Marme Chirping

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  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Typically, far too young to sex. You would have to wait until its 6-8 weeks old... however, looking at the Ameraucana Breeder's Club site, it looks like you are correct on the colors.

    http://ameraucanabreedersclub.org/gallery.html
     
  5. Marme

    Marme Chirping

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    Thank you, I was afraid so. The colors coming in are really pretty. I'll keeping watching but I don't think my odds are good for a pullet.
     
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  6. chickenmomma16

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    Just want to let you know, you have 100% a Wheaten cockerel (not Blue Wheaten). One nice thing about breeding Wheaten/Blue Wheaten/Splash Wheaten Ameraucanas is you can sex them by color at about 3weeks. The only color that might throw you for a loop is a Splash Wheaten cockerel. They can sometimes feather in pretty light at first.
     
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  7. Marme

    Marme Chirping

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    Based on what I've seen and researched I figured I had a cockerel. Which is a shame because he's so darn pretty! But how can you tell he's just wheaten and not blue wheaten? He was sold to me by a breeder as a blue wheaten, and appears to be getting the bluish feathering on his legs/chest now.
     
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  8. chickenmomma16

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    Hopefully I won’t butcher this explanation!
    Blue Wheaten bred to Blue Wheaten does not breed 100% Blue Wheaten. Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, and Splash Wheaten breeding follow the same rules as Blue, Black, and Splash breeding. You just add wheaten to it. Except you don’t call them Black Wheaten just Wheaten
    Here is a chart:
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    The reason I say your little guy is a Wheaten and not a Blue Wheaten is the the feathers look black that are coming in on the body. Do you have more photos of him? Do you know how the breeders pens were set up for breeding? The only way to get a 100% Blue Wheaten hatch is by breeding Wheatens to Splash Wheatens. If they were breeding Blue Wheaten to Blue Wheaten they would get all 3 varieties in their hatch. I’ll try and find a young Wheaten and Blue Wheaten cockerel from a past hatch to show you.
     
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  9. Marme

    Marme Chirping

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    Thank you! I didn't realize the genetics behind these guys. If you have some pictures of both that would be great. I'd love to see the difference.
     
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  10. Marme

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    Thank you! I didn't realize all the genetics behind these guys. If you have pictures of both I would love to see the difference!
     

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