SS Hamburg 14 weeks - Male?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Acre4Me, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Songster

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    So, Posted pics when this chicken was younger, but now at 14 weeks - looking for confirmation on male - or if possible female. Never has crowed at all. Raised by broody, so not really friendly. Guessing male.

    If male, then what are these Silver Spangled Hamburgs like? My family likes the look, but interested in general personality and noisiness. we do have 2 other cockerels (and 18 pullets), but looking to possibly switch out one male for this one if it makes sense.

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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Silver Spangled Hamburg cockerel.
     
  3. Acre4Me

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    Any comments on personality of the SSH males?
     
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  4. JedJackson

    JedJackson Crossing the Road

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    Probably a cockerel with the comb and wattles that well developed at 14 weeks. Hamburgs are a flighty breed, so he'll probably be a bit skittish around people. I've had a few Hamburg cocks over the years, and none was aggressive, so there's that, for what it's worth. They also love to roost high up in trees, which can be a problem if you free range your chickens.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    agree with Brahma Chicken 5000 and Jed Jackson
     
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  6. Acre4Me

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    Thanks. Not sure if we will keep this one if it is a flighty breed. We don't have too many big trees, and none near the coop, but so far don't love the other flightly breed we have. But, the rest of the family gets to vote, so maybe he'll stay.

    Should have been a pullet though. Picked out of the extra bin at Meyer, but all are supposed to be females. We picked 7 chicks and 2 appear to be male: This one and another, so thats a lot higher than the 10% error rate. Oh well, the broody momma hen was happy to get chicks, so that part worked out OK.
     
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  7. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

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    Cockerel
     
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  8. CacklingRanch

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    Definitely a cockerel.

    They’re quite flighty. I’ve raised this breed my entire life and I’ve never had a “tame” one. Even my show birds are still tragically wild compared to other breeds.

    If you want a tame bird, find a different breed.
     
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  9. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    Cockerel. I’ve found my Hamburgs to be flighty, and not very friendly, but that’s the nature of the breed.
     
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  10. hunthaven

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    I have an "accidental" Hamburg rooster among my hens--suddenly realized one day that he was acting very un-hen like. He is flighty, but not aggressive, and we don't mind him at all. Trouble is, he's a smallish rooster, and I have a brahma and a Jersey giant--LOL. The girls pick on him. :)
     
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