What did I get myself into???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JJ--, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. JJ--

    JJ-- Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    First time raising chicks and I bought a Swedish Flower and an Olive Egger from the breeder. The problem is I don't know which one is the SF and which is the OE! Since the chicks look the same for both sexes, I also don't know what gender I have. We can't have roosters so I need help with identifying if they are boys. Help!!!!

    I think this brown one is the OE and the grey one is the SF??? They are both around 5 weeks old. Note the red on the tail feathers is the red glow from the heat lamp.
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    Many thanks!
    JJ-
     
  2. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your grey chick looks to be part marans, which is a breed commonly used for making OE's. I would say that your brown chick is the Swedish flower hen :)
     
  3. JJ--

    JJ-- Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's one more picture of the brown chick.

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  4. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    Does the gray one have feathers on it's legs? I don't think a olvive egg layers has feathered feet.
     
  5. JJ--

    JJ-- Chillin' With My Peeps

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    grey chick has feathers on legs.
     
  6. JJ--

    JJ-- Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the big question I guess.... Is the brown one a boy or girl? Is the grey one a boy or girl? I am sure that knowing which breed is which would help, but the breeder advised that the best way to know was to wait until it crows or lays an egg. I would prefer not to have angry neighbors so......[​IMG]
     
  7. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Olive eggers can be created by breeding a blue egg laying chicken and a marans, hence the feathered feet.
     
  8. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm afraid that your brown chick is almost certainly a cockerel
     
  9. JJ--

    JJ-- Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok.... Is the grey one a girl then?
     
  10. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5 weeks is a little too young to be sure, but grey isn't showing and obvious male signs
     

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