Total Mutts. 5-7 weeks old. Gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WYOwhy, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. WYOwhy

    WYOwhy In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    I know we are still a little young to tell for sure, and the pictures are not top quality - but guesses are appreciated.

    The oldest, Daphne, clearly has some EE but is totally a mutt. I see some real rooish characteristics - look at that tail and her colors, but then I also see some EE pullet to her too. What do you think?

    The middle child, approx 5.5 weeks old, Helen. Five toes, just started growing in some leg feathers, clearly a child of the Barred Rock roo. Banty-sized? Look at the red in the comb and early waddles. But her behavior is the most pullet of the bunch. Could she be a girl?

    Io, my club footed baby. Also smaller than I expect. I've got no guess to her gender, but I'm hoping she is a pullet. Please... agree with me.

    I'd love to here your "why" behind your guess. It is educational for me.

  2. emjay

    emjay Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    #1 is a definite roo !!!!!

    #2, guessing roo, due to comb size at that age, but, not for certain.

    #3 looks girly to me.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I think the first one is a roo. Based on the color, with the red on the sides. Also, look at those legs, very thick. I'm not sure if I'm seeing hackle feathers, sometimes the lacing confuses me [​IMG]

    Barred chick looks like a roo, due to comb size and redness at that young age. Can't tell with feathers yet, but to me barred birds are one of the easier colors to spot saddle or hackle feathers on.

    Last on, I'm thinking hen, based on comb.
  4. BekahBear

    BekahBear Songster

    Jan 3, 2010
    Here are my guesses

    1) roo - really red comb for an EE/mix that age and the red/brown leakage on the wings screams roo to me
    2) roo - big red comb for that age and really light coloring for a barred bird.
    3) pullet - comb is very small and not red and bird has no apparent roo like characteristics
  5. WYOwhy

    WYOwhy In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    Thanks. I was afraid of that: two out of three look to be roos. Bummer.

    I'm holding out hope that Helen is just a really red combed pullet. Is that silly hope to hold? How long before it is totally undeniably obvious?

    But I think I'm surrendering hope on Daphne. (S)he made some crow-like noises today.

  6. V Comb

    V Comb Songster

    Im sorry, but I think boy boy and boy. Last one seems to manly...
  7. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Songster

    Aug 22, 2010
    I agree that #1 is male, and # is most likely a pullet. #2 is probably a cuckoo marans cockerel, if he were darker I would think hen. I say Marans because the barring isn't barring, too disjointed kinda like it jiggles your eyes and then color of the legs (BR are yellow) and the feathers on the slate legs. In France and the UK the feathered legs are still the standard. I had 3 Cuckoo Marans hens from MPC and one had light feathering on the legs. They all had big droopy combs by the time they laid.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  8. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    I'm thinking boy, boy, girl.

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