So, purebred Araucanas... When they feather in

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MichiganWoods, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
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    Do the females typically feather in much faster than the males? And if so, is it very noticeable from the get-go? A few days old and 3 out of 4 of my chicks are feathering in fast. 1 (the blue/splash) is doing so much slower than the rest.
     
  2. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um nooooooooooo [​IMG]
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Not really much you can tell by feathering this early, but the combs are good indicators of boys. The boys are much thicker than the girls and will get pink quick (similar to a single comb roo). The girl's comb stays very slim and doesn't get pink until they're almost ready to lay.
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    about when do you see that hinkjc? cause I have 3 I hatchd from you and I still cant tell, they are over 4 weeks easy by now... lol maybe if I post them...
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    5-6 weeks you can be pretty sure on the roos. I just sold a trio that hatched on 3/4 and I was 90% sure of the gender based on the thicker comb and personality of the one. The other two still had a very slim comb and no color.
     
  6. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    Hmm. Well, both of the white ones should be girls then. Very thin combs. Dark blue boy is definitely a boy. Very very wide comb. The only one that is a toss up is the light blue/splash. It's a little wider than the whites, but not quite as wide as the dark blue.
     

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