worried - 15 week old sussex - some more pics...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lisbogeyfarm, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. lisbogeyfarm

    lisbogeyfarm New Egg

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    Hi

    Just got these birds a day or two ago and just sorta took the breeders word for it that they were girls...although there was doubt over one so he threw it in free.

    Now I'm researching it a little more I'm worried I have more than one rooster....

    I know this is a bad picture as they're not used to me yet but can anyone advise please - all the young birds are about 15 weeks according to breader. Top right is an older rooster I wanted to breed a few hens. None of the younger birds showing any signs of crowing and are all making clucking noises that I would associate with hens.

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  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    From what I see, you only have one rooster. Sussex females normally have larger combs and wattles then other breeds. The one in the middle could be an early maturing hen. The males should have saddle feathers by this age right? Look for skinny, pointy saddle feathers. Good luck! Sussex is my favorite breed!
     
  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I concur...one roo....
     
  4. lisbogeyfarm

    lisbogeyfarm New Egg

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    is that just the big roo on the top right then?

    Woo hoo I'd be so so pleased if I've only one roo as I'm attached already and don't want to have to try and get rid of one which might prove very difficult.

    Thank-you all so much! [​IMG]
     
  5. lisbogeyfarm

    lisbogeyfarm New Egg

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    Can any experienced people tell me if they can see any roo sadle feathers on these birds please? Thanks!

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  6. JPinVT

    JPinVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look pretty girly, and like they'll lay soon too!
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think you got all girls, they're just getting close to laying. I think I read Sussex get larger/earlier wattles. I don't see saddle feathers.
     
  8. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a speckled Sussex pullet that developed her comb and wattles with the boys, but once it got to a point it quit getting larger, all research I have done says that they have larger than average combs and wattles on the females and that they are a bit tricky to sex. They look Luke girls to me.
     
  9. lisbogeyfarm

    lisbogeyfarm New Egg

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    thanks everyone for taking the time to reply - looking over other threads I was really expecting the answer to be roo but if they're hens that's great! Really looking forward to the first egg now!
     

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