This one has me stumped

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Nessmuk53, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Nessmuk53

    Nessmuk53 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got this one 8 months ago as the "mystery chick" in a large order from McMurray. Up until about 2 weeks ago I was convinced they sent me a Domonique pullet by mistake ;-)
    Well this chicken, which is at the bottom of the pecking order, has started growing long tail feathers and hackles. It still hasn't crowed a lick though. I am starting to think it is "Gender confused". Anyone have any idea what breed it is or what sex it is??? [​IMG]
     
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black Sex-Link Cockerel
     
  3. Nessmuk53

    Nessmuk53 Out Of The Brooder

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    Are they usually late bloomers or do I just have an odd one? :)
     
  4. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, being sex-linked you can determine the males from the females as soon as they hatch. The males hatch barred (white dot on their heads), and the pullets black with red necks.

    Some roosters don't crow for some time (occasionally we just don't hear them either). With flocks that contain older fowl, cockerels often become submissive until they are grown, and some even stay that way.
     
  5. Nessmuk53

    Nessmuk53 Out Of The Brooder

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    He came in with an order of 100. I never gave them that close a look I guess. Just never had a cockerel take this long to crow . I have, and have had, plenty of roosters (too many Bantam roosters right now). I guess the others were all just a bit more aggressive. He can take his time :)
     
  6. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree w/ rhoderunner.....
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    He's just been on the down low cause he doesn't want to get his butt kicked by a roo 1/4 his size [​IMG]
     
  8. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having just flipped through my McMurray catalog my guess is he a Cuckoo Maran. Maran's I think... Have an odd crow
     
  9. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your "Mystery Chick" I believe should not be the same as a "Packing Peanut" chick. A packing peanut would be a sex link male ( usually).
     
  10. RainyChicks

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    Very hard to tell with this one, but since there are hackles, which no hen has, my guess would have to be roo.
     

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