Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

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Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by Farrier1987 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:50 am

So with the mailed eggs from WWW, I thought I had it figured out fairly well who was what at two months. Then La-chicken came to visit and cast doubt on my theories, and after watching for a week or so, I am thinking she could be right. So now, of the 8 from the brood, I have 5 pullets for sure for sure, one rooster for sure and two I don't know.

The two that raise questions were all yellow with black head dot as chicks. They are now fairly well fledged and I had always picked them as boys, partly because WWW said so and their comb and colour development. La-chicken thought maybe one was a girl, no opinion expressed on the other.

I have been told look for pointy rather than blunt feathers on the hackle and saddle, and that the pointy are indicative of a cockerel. So last night I caught each off the perch and examined. Neither one is exactly pointy, but one is fairly blunt feathers there. So not 100% sure, and took some pictures this morning.

My guess is that of the two black and white ones, the whiter smaller is a hen. Not sure about the other. Thoughts from others are solicited here.
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The two
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Two together
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Two on the dustbox
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Pullet?
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Pullet?
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Cockerel?
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Cockerel?
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by kenya » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:15 am

Both boys, the mostly white one with a few black spots is a pullet.
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by Jaye » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:32 pm

I think that the smaller one with the bit of "soil" on the end of her left wing looks like a girl, and the larger one with redder bigger comb, and possible signs of saddle feathers, may be a boy.
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by la-chicken » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:36 pm

kenya wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:15 am
Both boys, the mostly white one with a few black spots is a pullet.
If you were just looking at comb development I would have the same guess.
But, if these were from a possible leghorn then the comb and waddles could be for a pullet. Look at the feathers. Where do you see the point? In either saddle, back, hackle.
And I was looking how they moved..behaviour. Particularly the smaller one.
That is why I was questioning.
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by kenya » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:54 pm

Because both combs in the black and white chicks are so red, thats why I saw cockerals.
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by Farrier1987 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:03 pm

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Look at the feathers. Where do you see the point? In either saddle, back, hackle.
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I have been watching, and like I said, picked each off the perch last night, and I am thinking you are right La- At least that's how I am picking them now. Another month will tell for sure I guess.

WWW, any leghorn in their background? How big are the wattles and combs of the ancestors?
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by Happy » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:37 pm

Aside from the comb that white one really does look like a pullet. Stance, shape, size, feathers. I'm going to guess pullet.
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by windwalkingwolf » Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:56 am

There are three girls that are possible mothers to those chicks (the mottled looking ones); one does have Leghorn several generations back and the other two do not. Neither of the possible fathers have any Leghorn. Looking at the hen who is most suspect, I am now second-guessing my original declaration that both of those two are male. :dunno: @Farrier1987 , see right where their wingtips are? Lift up their wingtips and look for little shiny points underneath. If they get them, they'll get them there first. Wish I could blow up the pictures better, but they just get fuzzy when I do. I'll take a picture of Mom(s) tomorrow for comparison.
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by windwalkingwolf » Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:02 am

Happy wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:37 pm
Aside from the comb that white one really does look like a pullet. Stance, shape, size, feathers. I'm going to guess pullet.
The white ones in the pictures are girls, we're trying to figure out the mottled ones :)At least one of the mottled ones is being sneaky roflmbo
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Re: Boy or Girl from the mailed eggs?

Post by Happy » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:11 am

windwalkingwolf wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:02 am
Happy wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:37 pm
Aside from the comb that white one really does look like a pullet. Stance, shape, size, feathers. I'm going to guess pullet.
The white ones in the pictures are girls, we're trying to figure out the mottled ones :)At least one of the mottled ones is being sneaky roflmbo
Sorry that's the one I meant. The "whiter" of the two mottled ones.
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