In the Brooder
- May 17, 2011
These 2 are 6 weeks old here, both from the same Barred Rock daddy. Mama for the darker chick was clearly one of my friends' Black Copper Marans hens (that chick even hatched out with the leg feathering already started); lighter chick could be from either a Copper Marans mama or an Ameraucana mama (that one's a tough call: leg coloring is a standard yellow-pink, and no leg feathering at all, so your guess on which mama is probably better than mine).
Any guesses on gender yet on these 2? I know it's not the clearest photo. Both have pinkish combs and small red-pink wattles. I'm wondering, though, if the tail feathers (which look more pullet to me, but I'm no expert) are any indication. The roo was a hatchery "pullet" chick who turned out to be my "accidental rooster" and went to live on my friend's farm, then fathered these little ones, and his tail at the same age was very short.
Here's their daddy at the same, 6 weeks of age:
Notice the difference in his tail feathers when he was that same age? Am I off base here, just wistful thinking? What do the rest of you think regarding gender of the above 2 chicks... please and thank you!!