Well, I thought they were BR pullets...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by FrontPorchIndiana, May 12, 2008.

  1. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    but now that they're almost 4 weeks old I'm not so sure.

    Here are my boys, Zorro and Hawkeye Jr.

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    And here are my girls, Sammie and Beth.

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    It's these next three that have me scratching my head. The first one I've waivered on since day one, but the last two I really thought were pullets. But lately I'm not so sure. What do you think? I really want the last one to be a pullet.

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  2. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Well looking at the size of the combs they look like boys to me. My BR girls have much smaller combs and they are six weeks tomorrow.

    The last one could be a hen though.

    Let's see what others with more experience think. [​IMG]
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I tend to think those last three are all roos. But then I was just on here last week asking about one of mine so what do I know...lol.

    Edited to say: The last three also have larger combs than my 4wk old BR I now suspect of being a roo.
     
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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Um, gee, do I really have to say what these are, Christine? Just kidding! If any are Lexie's babies, you have what I've come to call the "Sex Confusion Gene". She was very cockerel-like till about 12 weeks old, coloring, stance, almost everything. However, she did not have a comb as large as these babies do. The last two could go either way, but I'm leaning toward boys at the moment. They are really good looking babies!
     
  5. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    [​IMG] Crud! I just wanted them to be girls SOOOOO bad. [​IMG] The last one is Hermie The Early Bird. The first one to hatch. Always the first to come running, wants to be picked up and held. A real sweetheart in a in-your-face kind of way.

    I can't keep them all if they're roos, how on earth can I decide who stays? [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, keep them till you are really sure they're boys. Then, you have the same problem all us hatching addicts do-finding homes for the extra boys.
     
  7. noodles

    noodles Out Of The Brooder

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    on mine the hens got the tail feathers faster, and the roos feathered alot slower then the hens. one hen i was questioning because of the comb size, but turned out to be a hen
     
  8. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    They look like boys to me.
     
  9. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    I just came in from watching them. They're boys. I'm sure they're boys. It explains a lot. I just hate that it kind of feels like I have to choose which one of my children to keep. [​IMG]
     
  10. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    You can keep all 3 as long as you have enough hens to go around. I had 3 Roos at once it worked out great they shared a pen and were free range while the ladies had their own pen and run. I am down to one now because the others decided to get mean and I dont do mean roos with kids around.

    Good luck with them. I know it is a hard decision if you have to get rid of any.
     

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