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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Atlchick, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Atlchick

    Atlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of them is def. a hen, we are getting an occasional egg. Honestly, I don't see a roo in the bunch, so if you do - please tell me what to look for. #1 has a huge round crest, #2 & 3 are smaller, but still roundish, and the blue has a small round crest. They are all about 20 weeks old. Nobody is crowing, yet. None of the crests are 'spikey' like the mohawks I've seen. Thanks for all input!
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  2. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    In the order of the pics, I think it goes hen, roo, roo, roo. But are you sure the roos pure Polish? Something is different about them (esp. the last two), but I can't put my finger on it?
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    I agree.
     
  4. Atlchick

    Atlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought them at about 1 week from a fellow who said he bought the eggs and hatched them. I've never had any before, so I don't know anything much about them.

    Oh, and I thought 2 was a hen because I keep catching her/him coming out of the egg box just as the egg appears.
     
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  5. quenston

    quenston Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Wyandotte Ok
    I agree on the genders, but as the breed the first two I would say that they were full Polish but the others look differently the hair do sure looks different than the other two! I aint sure I am not a pro just my .02 worth!
     
  6. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Got your PM, Altchick! The first is certainly a hen. Nothing rooish about her. Full rounded crest, smooth body feathers, dulled hackle and saddle feathers. The next 3 are a doozy.

    The second looks like a hen with a small crest. From that picture, feathering looks similar to the hen in the first picture.

    The third is hard to make out. The face is slightly redder than the second bird. I think you're going to have to find out on your own if it's a male or female.

    The last is probably a hen. Nice blue feathering, small tight crest. But the feathers are clear and don't lie. I see no droopy saddle feathers or hackles. Chances are, if any of the birds are roos, it's hard to tell because Polish are gradual developers. Sometimes, I see crests change over night.

    I think they're all full Polish. Right body type. Crests on some Polish can be small. It's all in the genes. I find this most helpful if you want to keep them in large groups. Not only can they see other flock members and danger better, but this keeps crest pecking from occuring or at least to a minimum. The first hen as a very nice crest for a 20 week old, though. She has enough afro for the lot of them! [​IMG]


    Adited To Add: In the past, my Polish have been very late layers. They're combs and wattles would turn deep red right at the point of lay. Really, it's not impossible to have early layers but perhaps see if any of the birds will squat for you?
     
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  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Quote:I was thinking the same thing.
     
  8. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Well, I think a hen and 3 roos as well. Mainly because of the wattles on the last three. I think they are pure Polish, only I agree that the crests are not good on the roos.
     
  9. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Texas
    Well I am going to step up and say they are ALL hens. The waddles mean nothing, my polish laying hens have huge red floppy waddles.

    I sent my polish roo down to my FIL's for bachelor living, and he has saddle and hackle feathers galore. OBVIOUSLY a roo.

    To me, these are all hens. All 4 of them. Even my 2 silver laced polish girls have pointy crazy crests, and they give me an egg a day.
     
  10. chickygirl2

    chickygirl2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All look like hens to me. The last looks like a cross that I have polish with ???
     

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