Silver Laced Wyandottes, boy/girl feathers . PICTURES INCLUDED

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by emjay, May 30, 2010.

  1. emjay

    emjay Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    I have a 12 week old SLW, so do not know if it is a roo or pullet.
    I bounce back and forth on this.

    don't have a great pic to post.

    if it was a roo, would it be developing more white on its shoulder area? what are some definite feather coloring patterns that scream roo. as compared to pullet.
     
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  2. RAREROO

    RAREROO Crowing

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    Quote:If they were ordered from a hatchery, they can most likely be feather sexed as mine where, the males feather slower than the females, but it has to be specially bred this way and they probably wont retain the same characteristics as some of my breeds that I have hatched and raised myself, Speckled Sussex and RIR for instance, will have differences in feathering rates but no coorelation to their sex.
     
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    I go by the comb at 12 weeks. Either nice and red or pale. I have not ever used the feathering out method as some of mine do not show much difference until 5 months.[​IMG]
     
  4. emjay

    emjay Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    these are farm hatched.

    the comb is dark pink. has larger wattles then my two BLR pullets, but, don't know if there is differences that way between BLR and SL.

    there is no real lacing coming out yet, and it is fully feathered, no thin areas.
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've got some about the same age in one of my grow out pens. I went out and took some pictures of them and am downloading them now. I'll add them to this post in a couple of minutes.

    By that age you should be able to tell by the combs and the feather pattern

    pullets[​IMG]

    cockeral...different pattern plus slower feathering
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    pullets
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    roo
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  6. emjay

    emjay Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    wow, you've got some flashy babes there.

    my SL, has all its feathering, nothing missing on its back.

    it has very minor lacing coming through, so i think it could still go either way for it.

    I need to get a picture of it.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Thanks.....I'm happy with how they're growing out so far.

    What is the comb like on your bird? By that age a roo should be pretty red already. My BLR and SL develop about the same rate.
     
  8. emjay

    emjay Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    here's a pic taken yesterday.

    I am still leaning toward boy. It's a grouchy bird too, so kind of hoping, cause it'll go bye bye to a new home. Not the best personality.
    If it's a female, it is very strong willed. and will keep her of course, the roo needs a lady to keep him in line [​IMG]

    It's very flighty too.



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  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd say roo.
     
  10. RAREROO

    RAREROO Crowing

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