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three 8 wk old EEs and a mutt --- gender??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ActionMom42, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. ActionMom42

    ActionMom42 New Egg

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    We hatched extra eggs to end up with 8 hens. I'd like to cull and eat the less friendly roos if I was sure of gender. In question are the three black & white EEs (one quite a bit darker than the other two) that are 8 weeks old.
    We also have a 9-wk old unknown breed mottled red/brown/black (fertilized egg from mixed breed backyard flock) that is super sweet and I can't cull regardless of gender, but I sure hope is a girl. Any thoughts on breed and gender would make our world easier to manage; Thanks!!

    The left bird is larger; been calling him "Cop-per" bc black & white like police car (guessing roo?). Right bird is "Mini-Me" (guessing hen?).
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    Molybdenum (Moly) EE:
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    Cop-per and Mini-Me
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    Cop-per
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    Sweet mutt with EEs in background:
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    Thanks for sharing your expertise!
     
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess they are all cockerels. All these birds' combs (except mini-me) are getting red--hens faces/combs/wattles don't get red until about 16-18 weeks of age, right before they start to lay. The only reason I would group mini-me as a cockerel is because of his pointed hackle feathers. I can't see them too well in the pic though. But all the others are most likely cockerels. They're pretty chickens!
     
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    agreed and [​IMG]
     
  4. ActionMom42

    ActionMom42 New Egg

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    Dang...... Out of 14 eggs hatched it looks like we only got 4 hens. How reliable is the reddness of the comb and waddles for sexing at this age (if you were giving it a percentage reliability)? I'm also looking at foot/leg size, and i can start to see the more pointed feather shape on the upper neck and in the saddle feathers that are just erupting (is that the right word?) underneath the teenager feathers on the saddle of the EEs.

    Three of the roos are the most curious, friendly, cuddly sweet birds; what a hard dilemma! I had no idea roosters could be so easy to get attached to. :/

    On the reddish mutt bird (who is 9 weeks old) the neck feathers are not pointy, and I don't see any pointy saddle feathers starting to erupt. Pretty big feet though. Is there a chance it might be a she, or is that just wishful thinking??
     
  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Cockerels
     
  7. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say the reliability for sexing with the redness of the face/comb/wattles would be pretty high--maybe 90% + ? At this age also the roosters start growing larger than the hens, and exhibit rooster behaviors like sparring among each other, attempting to crow, mounting the hens, etc. I understand about getting attached! I love roosters too.
    You may have a chance of your mutt bird being a hen, but not likely. Observe him/her for a few more weeks.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    The EE (black and white) birds are all cockerels. 100% positive.

    My first impression on the calico bird was cockerel, but looking again I'm just not sure. there's not much comb, and I'm not seeing darker red patches on the wings. Then again, the age is too young for sex feathers, so you'll just have to wait and see on this one. It's a beautiful color either way [​IMG]
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The only possible pullet is the one on the right. That comb is still very small (can't see it in the pictures), and that patterning is pretty even.
     
  10. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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