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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:39 pm 
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Any light sussex owners out there? this is what i think is a Roo, ITS about 5 months old. unfortunately he was 'thrown' by my Columbian wyandottes, notice the lack of rose comb.... i have to assume somehwere along the line there has been a bit of light sussex intermingled...
well if anyone can confirm i am wrong and its a hen they will be saving her neck!! :lol: for the moment anyway...!

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a close up of the comb
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ITs about the same size as his/her brother, but lacks an awful lot of tail feathering i have noticed, the brother has got much longer black tail feathers coming out, this one barely has any.
they argue and both fluff their necks up at each other in mock fight... and appear to be fairly equal then, size wise about the same...

the brother... see how much more feathers in his tail he has?
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thanks Yvonne :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:14 pm 
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No Light Sussex there, you can tell by the blue/grey undercolour,where it shows through. Approximately 16% of all Wyandottes have a single comb. Its due to sperm mortality in heterozygous Rose combed birds.
Would be very useful for anyone wanting to make, or an out cross into Columbian Plymouth Rocks.


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oh, ok, thats interesting to know about the combs...!


any idea on the sex?


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That's really weird!

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Do you know, i am now feeling rather peeved about it all, it was fantastic to hear the news that they throw the occasional straight comb, becasue i had been told by a WA Judge and breeder for donkeys (someone who is supposed to know what theyre talking about...) that my birds were basically crap, because i sold them some eggs and one of them was a straight comb. I was heartbroken, and i have just made up my mind to sell them as theyre not 'pure!!'

geez it makes me mad, these people in postions of influence... really should be better educated on these sorts of things, or should take the time to look into it before crticising people and birds that are otherwse good.

thanks for the info Blackdotte... it was good to hear! :wink:


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so would sexing be the same as sexing a normal single comb breed? or because its actually a wyandotte would sexing be different even if it does have the single comb?


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You know HBGWA, I reckon that judges and people who have very good birds also have poor ones as well. Sometimes I think they just get so used to analysing birds critically that they just appear to 'trash' everything they look at.

You've got to be happy with your own birds and keep improving them. If you listen to everything other people say you wouldn't ever breed anything.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:34 pm 
By the way I think he's a boy.
Not a huge comb, but the pointy feathers near the tail seem clear.
Sorry. Hope I'm wrong.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:08 pm 
shouldn't they have yellow legs?

i don't want to disappoint you.

the breasts should be white too.

however you have to learn on something. if you get perfect birds to start then you will never know a fault and then are rude to others when their birds are not up to standard.

get yourself a book and look up the net. get ideas from lots of places.

i always like to have a good representative of a breed in my flock to judge my others on.
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Looks like a girl to me, doesnt have the wayward feathers on the back like the brother. May just be a late developing boy, hard to tell at this age


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both boys.
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ruff wrote:
the breasts should be white too. k.


well they are only about 4-5 months old, so until theyve had their final moult i wouldnt even look too hard at their chest feathers, they always seem to change and tidy up... his Dad and mum are fairly white and slatey underneath so i imagine he'd turn out similar.

so im guessing he is a boy... it was the tial feathers mainly that had me wondering, why the BOY had such long ones and the straight comb (?) didnt...
thanks anyway for all thoughts! :D Y


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ruff wrote:
shouldn't they have yellow legs?
k.


They do have yellow legs!! :shock: :lol:


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Those elongated black neck feathers on a Light Sussex would make it a boy. Pullets have rounder black neck feathers.

I don't have any experience with Wyandottes.

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well now you have started something Jacquie !! lol Im out first thing tomorrow and checking the feathers on my chooks neck !
My way over the horizon neighbours have a drive that s forever long ... goes along the back of our place ... they keep catching me out sitting on my granny chair with chooks on my head , shoulders and lap ! they will totally think ive turned into chook freak tomorrow :lol:

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