Slow to feather Easter Egger-a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by annamcc314, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. annamcc314

    annamcc314 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three 7ish weeks old Easter Eggers that were sold as pullets. Two of them were very similar in size and one was a little bit smaller, but there were only 3 left and I didn't want to leave one by itself! He/she has always been the spitfire of my flock of 5 and I've gotten very attached! I know it's hard to sex Easter Eggers, but I thought I'd post a picture and see what everyone thinks.

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    ere is my whole flock, you can see the size/feather difference. They were all bought at the same time. The Buff and the Barred Rock were sold to me as straight run.

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    he is growing a little comb already, she's between 7-8 weeks old. Hopefully a she! She is the sweetest thing.
     
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All your Easter Eggers are pullets. Roosters do not develop such coloration, and would be showing a black chest, a bright neck, and splotches of red. The Barred Rocks coloration is a bit off, but it is also a pullet, and the Buff looks feminine too.
     
  3. annamcc314

    annamcc314 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for the newbie question, how does the BR's coloring look off?
     
  4. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a great deal of variation in BR coloring. This is even more noticeable if you ever get the chance to see real Heritage Barred Rocks, instead of the production hatchery birds. I say it is a bit off as the barring doesn't seem to line up very well, and there are larger patches of both white and black on her. I wouldn't let it concern you though, as she will make a lovely pet. (If she has white legs instead of yellow/black, you probably have a Cuckoo Marans)
     
  5. annamcc314

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    Here she is =) She is my favorite!
     
  6. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    normally the more showy EE chicks colors will turn out to be roos...I see the baby feathers on that one in the first pic...he was silver "chipmunck" color as a baby wasn't he? I got 2 that same color from TSC 5 weeks ago and they are both roos...I also get one chocolate colored one (not too flashy she was just a dark chocolate colored) and it is a pullet...so if you are looking for pullets (at least in the EE breeds) look for darker colors instead of the "prettier" flashier ones :)
     
  7. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, that confirms it. You have a cuckoo Marans!
     
  8. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very true! With most Easter Eggers sexual Dimorphism (two different color/pattern forms between the two sexes) applies. The above posters bird's coloration comes from the black breasted red. All black breasted red fowl have hens with salmon/brown chests, and all males have black chests.
     
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    Either way, I'm ok! She is a sweetheart. I guess I'll find out when she lays an egg!
     

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