Tricky BR---Pullet or Rooster? Please Help!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WoodinvilleChicken, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. WoodinvilleChicken

    WoodinvilleChicken New Egg

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    We adopted this little BR chicken a month ago and now I'm concerned that "Miss Moneypenny" may not be a girl after all [​IMG]

    Can you help? I'm confused about the feather patterns.

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    Thank you!
     
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  2. HidingInTheHenHouse

    HidingInTheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coloration of feathers and legs is female. However, in the first pic it looks like you can see some saddle feathers coming down before the tail. So maybe a female colored male??? Do you know how old? Could you take some more pics of her from the side and from above perhaps?
     
  3. WoodinvilleChicken

    WoodinvilleChicken New Egg

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    Hi there,

    She/He is about 13 weeks old. Very dark in color and just such a nice little chicken. I'll hate to rehome him, but there is no way in our little suburban neighborhood that we could keep a roo. I'll see if I can get another picture uploaded from the top.
     
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Pictures from the side would be very helpful.
     
  5. WoodinvilleChicken

    WoodinvilleChicken New Egg

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    Ok, just took one from the side:

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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sorry that is a rooster! Saddle feathers give it away. Yes, it's very dark for a BR male, however, I had some Silver Phoenix roo over BR hen cockerels who looked just like that. I really thought they were pure BR pullets with faded barring, till the comb got red way too early.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here is a pair of 12 week old BR pullets for comparison--see the lack of comb?
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    Here are two Silver Phoenix/BR cross cockerels I mentioned:

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  8. WoodinvilleChicken

    WoodinvilleChicken New Egg

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    Oh, how sad and disappointing [​IMG] Second time this year. Well thank you very much for letting me know, better to find a home for him now than get even more attached!
     
  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You get very dark males when you outcross to non-barred birds. Males dark like that carry only a single barring gene, hence darker rather than the pretty, lighter and more sharply barred, double gened Roos.

    Right now I get a lot of those, makes it simple to cull. Oh look - barred, dark, boy... meat pen.
     
  10. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

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    That's a boy. So sorry.
     

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