Still not sure about my EE's...what do you think? (Pic heavy!)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WyoChickenMamma, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have posted about these two before, but this morning when I was out with them, it seems they have been growing and changing some. It is hard for me to tell if they are pullet or cockerels because they just look so different from all my other girls. I think it is the colorings and the overall shape of their bodies that is throwing me off. I am praying for pullets, but if one happens to be a boy I guess I will keep him. I do not have a roo and was not planning on having one, but if he is, then he is. So here are the pictures.

    The first four pictures are of the one that I question the most. The feathers around the neck seem awful pointy to me. But the comb and wattles are still quite small. I have read that sometimes EE's are slow to mature, so that really may not matter.

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    These next four pictures are of the lighter one. I am not sure, but lean more towards pullet.

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    And finally one together. There really is not a difference in their size. They are the same age. And from what I was told they were bought as day olds in March, but I am thinking very late March. Neither one has shown any interest in the nesting boxes and neither one really squats. But of the 11 chickens that I bought at the same time, only the two red comets are laying.

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    So like I said if one just has to be a rooster I will probably keep him unless he turns mean. Those two are always together and I just can't see separating them. Also, I have a flock of 35, would it be possible to keep them both if they are both roosters or would I need to split my flock and keep them in two different areas?

    Thanks in advance for your help. Keeping fingers crossed [​IMG]
     
  2. EMaker

    EMaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are pullets. Sometimes the Columbian patterning (the black ticking) on the neck feather can make the feathers appear to be pointy, when in fact they are not. It can sometimes be an optical illusion.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Quote:exactly [​IMG]
     
  4. Sandy16

    Sandy16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree...here is one of our EE pullets....notice her "pointy" feathers?

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  5. aoxa

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  6. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the votes for girls. Guess I could go ahead and give them some names...any suggestions for my pretty girls?
     
  7. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they look an awful lot like my EE hens. I'd bet they're both pullets. The two yours most resemble of mine are named Mabel and Spike. LOL
     
  8. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are girls. I was worried about some of mine for the longest time also, but everyone assured me that I have all girls and yours look a lot like mine do.
     
  9. Sandy16

    Sandy16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. jessleeh

    jessleeh Out Of The Brooder

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    your darker bird looks almost identical to mine!! only difference is mine has a slightly crossed beak. [​IMG] we were told she was an ameraucana (dang feed store!), so we named her "yankee". [​IMG]
     

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