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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:08 am 
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My New babies. love! :D I was told one or two may be boys.. If there is going to be a boy among them I am desperately hoping it is only one, so any help sexing them would be great.

EDIT = blarg! I forgot to add that they are about 4wks old.

2nd EDIT replaced the picture with better pictures :D

Asajj - thinking she is a she.

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Aurra - Also thinking she is a she.... maybe.

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Padme, largest of the chicks. We are guessing a girl, and feeling confident about that.

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And lastly Riyo. This is the smallest and most timid of the chicks. We are thinking boy, only because of his/her wing feathers. They are longer than the others.

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Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:29 am 
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Can't help with the sexing of the chicks but I am intrigued on how you came up with those names :)

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:13 pm 
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I am a starwars nut, and I always said that when I got chookies of my own (and I mean mine, as in not the kids chooks :P) I would name them after starwars characters, so...

Asajj - Asajj Ventress from the clone wars era of Starwars. sithy jedi lady.

Aurra - Aurra Sing, long lived Bounty hunter and former jedi padawan.

Padme - Padme Amidala. Clone wars senator, lover and wife of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, mother of Luke and Leia.

Riyo - Riyo Chuchi. Clone wars senator.

I was tempted to name one Duchess Satine - love interest of Obi Wan but I didn't think any of them looked like a Satine.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:44 pm 
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They actually all look like hens, if they are partridge brahma?
because thats the gold pencilling the hens have.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:27 pm 
i reckon there are roosters in their, they are just not showing yet.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:08 pm 
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I'd say the second is a boy and maybe the last one as well. It's a bit hard as I'd like to see side shots of the chicks to have a look at their tails, as well. Anyway, I find Brahma chicks are pretty hard to sex at that age.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:11 pm 
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hiyooo - edited the photos for better ones :D


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:25 am 
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Hmmm, after having a look at the new pics I'm with you: All except Riyo might be girls. Still guesswork, though :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:09 am 
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cheers :D I'll keep the thread updated with photos every couple of weeks and see if it becomes easier to guess.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:19 am 
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Well it has only been about 1.5 weeks, and very wet at that, but I thought I'd update with some more recent pics :D the babies are growing and I am more confused as to gender as they are all starting to get a blush to their combs so no help there.

Asajj at 5 1/2 weeks

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Aurra

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Padme

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Riyo

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:09 pm 
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My guess and it is purely a guess as I have no expereince with this breed but I would say

Pullet
Pullet
cockerel
cockerel
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:26 am 
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Thanks cheeky chick :D

I did a tour of the Brahma thread on BYC, and I am now pretty sure Riyo is a pullet - apparently pointy tail = pullet.

As to which is the cockerel, I am now leaning towards Aurra as she still hasn't fully developed feathers on her/his back and has a slightly different head shape. A darker colouring, and her neck doesn't have as much black.... in fact her/his neck feathers are getting more orange than the others.

The other option is Asajj, who has a very small tail - but I am still leaning towards pullet with her.

I tried doing a behaviour test, but I had one crouch and three stand.

In good news, Riyo's legs are turning yellow :D yay!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:36 am 
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Hi boy, boy, boy, maybe girl. I would leg band the second roo because he has the best barring so far. Good barring in a young cockrel will be the best for barring in your hens.
But always pick type and height with brahmas. :thumbs:

Keep these chicks off the ground until they are 3-4 months old. You can already see they are showing signs of coccidosis :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:52 am 
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thanks Daza.

Aurra also has the best foot feathering, but s/he also has very short outer toes, and is missing a toenail, though they were kept on wire before i got them. Also is it normal for aurra to be so dark around his face? we have noticed that his/her comb has a slight blue to it also.

I am being optimistic, and praying I have at least two pullets. Can you explain how you can tell please? because I am still unsure, even with all the reading I have been doing.

And lastly they were being treated for cocci when these photos were taken, and were housed off the ground. Now that it is sunny, they are down again and I am watching them like a hawk for signs of sickness.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:31 am 
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I always find it hard when looking at picture to pick a boy or girl. So I look for the most common traits. Boys will feather slower then girls, so the easiest thing to look at is the tail. You will notice the roo's don't have any tail feathers and the pullet does. Roo's will develop red combs faster then the pullets.

Regarding the health, keep them on wire. I love to see chicks running around on the grass but for these birds don't let them down until they have grown up. I'm always concerned about medicating to much. Over medication will and does kill their immune system. Keeping them on wire until they get a good start, this will help.

They are people on here that are more educated about picking illness then me but I always look at the colour of there combs and legs. A washed out colour is a good sign of the birds not absorbing nutrients from their food. A blue comb is a big problem because it can be respiratory or intestinal problem. The list is endless, so don't get to stressed. Keep them on wire or off the ground and feed them a good chick starter with clean water. If the pullet doesn't improve or starts to pass yellow runny poo's, separate her from the boys.
Hope this helps.
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