Tailed Araucana and Ameraucana / Rhode Island Red: boys??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by deedletree, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Both are pullets! Yay!

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  2. Both are cockerels. : (

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  3. Georgie is a cockerel, Carrot is a pullet

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  4. Carrot is a cockerel, Georgie is a pullet

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  1. deedletree

    deedletree Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I have a white Araucana that has a tail (someone was improving their Araucanas for some trait) and a red Ameraucana / Rhode Island Red cross. The white one "Georgie" is about 12 weeks, and the red one "Carrot" is about 10 weeks. I've posted these a Facebook site, and the consensus was that Georgie is definitely a boy and Carrot is also likely a cockerel. Georgie has some pointy saddle feathers, but the hackle feathers aren't too roo-ish yet.

    I really, really wanted a blue egg layer and a green egg layer, and I can't have roosters where I live. These guys also had a respiratory illness when they were small, and since everything in chickens seems to go underground rather than get cured, I'm not willing to re-home them if there's a chance they will carry something to someone else's flock. So, these guys have to be girls or they'll need to be culled.

    What do y'all think? Should I give them a little longer? Are they minutes from crowing?

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  2. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They both look like boys, sorry.
    Also a side note, I don't know what the breeder told you but the white one has not a drop of Ameraucana in it. He isn't even an EE. He has a single comb, no beard or muff, and yellow legs. Looks more like a leghorn than an EE.
     
  3. deedletree

    deedletree Out Of The Brooder

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    It was supposed to be an Araucana culled because it had a tail, not Ameraucana. . .
     
  4. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, he's not an Araucana either. Araucanas have pea combs, beard, ear tufts, and slate legs. Your boy has none of those traits.
     
  5. deedletree

    deedletree Out Of The Brooder

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    Poor thing. . . the one thing he did have going for him was that he hatched from a huge blue egg. That was all I was really interested in when I bought him, that he would make huge blue eggs.
     
  6. deedletree

    deedletree Out Of The Brooder

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    So, breed aside, what traits are tipping you off to roo-ish-ness? I've been poring over any photos I can find online, and keep coming back to not being certain with these two.
     
  7. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, at 10-12 weeks old only a cockerel would have that red of a comb. Pullets usually don't start pinking up until they are at POL (around 5-6 months).
     
  8. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Uhh, true Araucanas in the U.S. standards do not have beards or muffs. And their legs are supposed to be willow, not slate..
     
  9. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My bad, I'm no Araucana expert unfortunately [​IMG] but still, I see no Araucana in that cockerel.
     
  10. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets pinked up around 8 weeks and started growing wattles by 11, but cockerels are further developed by that point. I see roosters. Sorry.
     

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