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Post by Foghorn on May 30th 2010, 6:49 pm

Since my last post in this forum, I have acquired 22 more chicks, 12 Barred Rock pullets and 10 Golden Sex Link males (should be no mistakes about the 10 GSLs). They were free and added to the shipment for their body heat. However, of the previously mentioned 15 Ameraucanas I'm still not sure of their sex; I'm only suspicious fearing that I have several males in the group. I'm thinking that I won't know until I see some long tail feathers since combs don't seem to be a for certain factor at two and one half months. Neither does behavior seem to be more than a hint of their gender. Sometimes when I step into the pen a few will rush toward me and bristle with hackles raised, but sometimes the whole flock will do that. This behavior I've seen in aggressive roosters before, but never with hens or pullets. They all have short, fluffy feathers around the face, so, no help there. Hmmm, maybe I won't know until they start climbing my leg with their spurs; a problem I had with Silver Laced Wyandottes. happy happy

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Post by Deb on May 31st 2010, 10:43 pm

The Ameraucanas can be difficult to sex. I usually had to wait until the saddle feathers appeared. Didn't matter, as I loved them all. I only had one turn out to be a roo out of umpteen different orders of them over the years. I guess I got lucky. The barred rocks were my favorites though...so quiet and docile. Mine would jump up on my lap, if I sat down near them, looking for treats. On of my barred rock hens went broody, and she had to come running out of the coop and 'get me' to show me her clutch of eggs. She was so very proud. I was a bit miffed, as I didn't want her to have babies just then, but how can you say no to such adoring excitement?

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Post by Admin on May 31st 2010, 10:58 pm

oh man I know it can be sooooooooo frustrating tring to figure out the sex
lol that reminds me of Cluekin it took us two flippin years to figure out he was a boy lol, I guess he was a late developer he is a turkin/ favorella cross and one day I heard this god alful noice and I really thought someone was tring to kill him lol nope he had started to crow.
then there are times when I know right off the bat what the sex is, well like now my nephew brought over three chicks his class hatched out and I swear up and down that one is a lil roo just by the way he acts lol can't wait too see if I am right or not lol. Hope you figure out what you got soon Foghorn

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Saddle Feathers

Post by Foghorn on June 2nd 2010, 2:06 pm

Thanks for the input ladies, but I'm not exactly sure what the saddle feathers should look like on this breed. However, if they start up toward the middle of the back and spread to the sides of the tail feathers, I'm sorry to say, then every last one of these birds are probably roos. I called Tractor Supply where I purchased these birds and told them what I suspected. They said for me to come out there when I was absolutely sure and tell them how many males I had and they would refund the purchase price and let me keep the chickens. That is a small consolation, but better than nothing I guess, but the time I've wasted trying to raise pullets and the feed I've got invested in them is worth something too. Oh, this may be a lot of drama over nothing yet, but the thought of the wasted time is the biggest aggravation.
Another consolation is the fact that I do have the Barred Rock pullets coming on. Those I bought directly from the hatchery, so, I'm sure they will be what they are supposed to be. affraid

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Post by Deb on June 2nd 2010, 10:10 pm

Hee hee, don't be too sure of anything. One year I had the best chance of getting straight pullets from the feed store, the next year from the hatchery. I hope they are all pullets for you though.

Now, for the Ameracaunas. The hens will have somewhat droopy saddle feathers. The roos will have really long ones though. You might end up either posting a pic on here or just waiting to see who crows and who doesn't.

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