Wheaten or Blue Wheaten?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mesa, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    365
    0
    129
    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    How can you tell the difference between a Wheaten and a Blue Wheaten hen?
    I have 2 hens that are very light in coloring but they do have a couple dark feathers in their tails... I was assuming they were Wheatens. I started googling pictures, and I see some of the BW do have darker feathering in their tails.

    How can you tell the difference between the two?
     
  2. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    463
    0
    129
    Jul 9, 2008
    TX baby!
    I have a Wheaton EE and a BW EE easiest way to tell the difference in coloring is Wheaton has more black were as the BW have a grey blue cast where the black should be.

    If I'm wrong on this let me know!
     
  3. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    365
    0
    129
    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    Oh thanks! I'll go out and check them now.
     
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    8,431
    135
    331
    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    unfold the wings and you can tell right away....
     
  5. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    Jean,

    Any chance you could post some photos of both varieties for us learners? Please? Pretty please????? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    8,431
    135
    331
    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I just so happen to have one of each variety in the cages getting ready for show. I will take a picture of each of their wings. This is the easiest way to determine which color they are on some.


    Blue wheaten:

    [​IMG]

    Wheaten:

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009
  7. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    365
    0
    129
    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    Oh, that'll be perfect Jean!

    Thank you so much.
     
  8. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    Thanks much, Jean! Is the same true for hackles on BW females? Would they have darker tips than straight wheaten?
     
  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    8,431
    135
    331
    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I don't look at the rest of the bird to determine color because it can be so confusing.

    You want to breed and choose pullets with little to no ticking in the hackles. This will remove the ticking in the male offspring's hackles.
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009
  10. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

    Aug 31, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    pips&peeps :

    I don't look at the rest of the bird to determine color because it can be so confusing.

    You want to breed and choose pullets with little to no ticking in the hackles. This will remove the ticking in the male offspring's hackles.

    Hmmm I think I need to hatch more wheatens...​
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by