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post #731 of 1036 Old 08-15-2013, 10:42 PM
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Alright chicken experts, I'm here with the dreaded question: is one of my girls a boy!?

I am having a ton of trouble finding pictures of pullets and roosters at the age of my girls (about 5 months), but this one's tail is just coming in...different. It seems to be curved and sparser than the others. Here are a few angles, sorry for the shadows, this little girl/guy would NOT cooperate with the camera and hold still:






No one is laying yet, I don't hear any crowing attempts, no one has fully formed combs or wattles, no sign of any spurs, so I just don't know what to think. I probably won't really know until I start seeing them lay, but just curious if you all look at this pictures and tell me it's clearly a boy.

I'm ALMOST voting roo. Am I seeing a few longish saddle feather at the base of his tail? Those curvy tail feathers are a concern and, One of the pictures show heavier and longer legs which say roo to me. We need better head and total profile shots with leg all showing.

I just took three roos to their new homes two days ago....sigh. Luckily, none will be eaten, at least not right away.

The good news is I received my NPIP certification. Now I will have to be very picky about bringing any new birds home. From other NPIP farms only. I did bring home a pretty salmon faverolle pullet. Oh, my what a pretty breed!! She is so nervous and my game hen doesn't help any with her constant attacks, the witch!

I'll try to get a photo of her, when she is not hiding :(
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post #732 of 1036 Old 08-16-2013, 08:27 AM
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Texasgal, those babies are so cute!!!
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post #733 of 1036 Old 08-16-2013, 08:36 AM
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Celeste, I just crawled in the coop and sat down (my coop is 6 x 8). In about two minutes they forgot to be scared of me and were just flitting around acting like chicks... I could have sat in there for hours.. they are soooo fun to watch!
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Celeste, I just crawled in the coop and sat down (my coop is 6 x 8). In about two minutes they forgot to be scared of me and were just flitting around acting like chicks... I could have sat in there for hours.. they are soooo fun to watch!
One of my favorite things in the WORLD is to go in after the girls are in for the night, in a clean coop, and sit down in the shavings. Pretty soon they come and crawl all over me, some sit in my lap, some on my legs and usually, a couple on my shoulders. They snuggle down and get comfy and start that little trill they have that almost sounds like they're purring......AHHHH BLISS!
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I have been having such a tough time with my chickens!! GAH!!!

First of all I've had another skunk outbreak... HOW MANY TIMES DO THEY REPRODUCE IN A SUMMER!!!!???
So I've been having to kill MORE baby skunks, breaks my heart but I'm so not into feeding them ALL my eggs and cleaning their poopie out of my coop (disgusting!). God forbid one sprays me while I'm in there, I'll go crazy on it.

Then the real tragedy!
My NHR's and A's were finally feathered enough to move out to the old foaling stall in the barn with the growing Orphs. I was so excited to get them OUT of the house.
Two days later, everyone was settling in, I go out and find a dead A. NOOOO!!!! It was obviously attacked by a snake that couldn't swallow it and had given up. Inspected the rest and low and behold one of the NH's had it's entire leg skinned off from a bite. Brought her back in, doctored her up with Underwoods and neosporine... She is healing!!! For two days I've had to hold her food and water to her while I made her stand on the bad leg so it wouldn't get too stiff. Today she is a whole new bird and is developing a thick scabby skin, we shall see! She was once very spooky but now I'm her favorite thing since she's in isolation, coos and chirps whenever I come near, hope she makes it cause we're now BFF's!

So I got diligent, snake had a death wish! Was going out two times an hour trying to spot it. Unfortunately the black snake had my number and got a NH down, in 30 mins!!! GAH!!!! I chopped the crud out of it, I mean I went ballistic!
Held it up after it was good and dead... It was enormous, over 5 feet long! It's hanging in a tree... Wanna see it?
Such a bummer!!! I hate having to kill these stupid beautiful creatures! They have the entire forest and they choose my yard as their hunting grounds, ugh...
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We bought 2 buff orp pullets and a RIR from a hatchery, and two turkens, a few Ameraucanas (supposedly lol, never had theae so not sure if true) and a couple Dark cornish chixksnlast month, from the feed store.

No pix but Im 100 percent certain that I have a dark cornish cockerel in my sexed pullets...grr.

Im needing some coturnix eggs soon, and next year Ill probably order Serama eggs again. I kind of miss those tiny, obnoxious birds ;)

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dw .. your Hatchey Ameraucanas are likey EEs .. which are usually Ameraucana crosses that still will likely produce colored eggs
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FG .. I'm battling coons .. the are terrorizing my rabbits. I finally went to my last resort and left some .. um ... party treats for them and killed two with their heads practically still in the bowl. I know I have at least one more.. I will eliminate them before my chicks go out!
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dw .. your Hatchey Ameraucanas are likey EEs .. which are usually Ameraucana crosses that still will likely produce colored eggs
I know. ;) I just was never interested in them before, so I don't know anything about distinguishing between them! They were such cute chicks though so I couldnt resist! I always skipped the Ameracuana/EE threads, but now I may have to read up!

What I reaaaally want though are some lav orps. And some new seramas.There are about five coops here left by the last occupant, so plenty of excuses to buy pretty birds. ;)

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I miss my d'uccles. I think a banty coop is my next project ...
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