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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:44 pm 
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I have 3 Doubled laced barnevelders, about 4 weeks old.
Only one hatched with grey chest (which is supposed to indicate pullet), but that one ended up being by far the largest of the lot, with treestump-like legs, which makes me wonder if it's a roo now... (it's No 1 below). It does have more lacing on the chest than the other 2 though, which would again indicate girl...?

Input on these pictures - pullets or roos??

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:55 pm 
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hi there,
let me say first off im no expert on barney's at all so I would only be guessing and say you've won rooster lotto,but hopefully someone who does know this breed will give you a more reliable opinion.hope you've got pullets if that's what youre wanting though.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:01 pm 
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Welcome to BYP and Barnies.

Barnevelder chicks vary a lot. Different lines seem to have specific sex ID characteristics and feather pattern in my birds is not always reliable. The centre chick in the last photo has a well developed comb and wattles which suggest a male. Can't see clearly on the other photos.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:13 pm 
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Can you get some close up head shots? It looks like the bird on the far right of the 4th photo is twice the size of the others, was it hatched at the same time as the others? The bird in the 3rd photo looks like roo feathering compared to the others. I have some chicks about the same age as yours and the boys clearly have red combs already(damn 10 boys out of 12, arrrgghh!!!,) But each line tells a different story. Look forward to some more photos!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:28 am 
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Ok here are some head shots...
Does that change anything??

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:29 am 
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PS the large one was hatched at the same time (hatched 2 days earlier than the rest) I have no idea why it is so big!!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:25 am 
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Photo 2 looks like a girl, photo 3 a boy and I'm undecided about photo 1 just a little too much comb I think?? Hope I'm wrong! Keep us posted


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:51 am 
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No's 1 & 3 male. No 2 ? female.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:14 am 
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estepeste wrote:
PS the large one was hatched at the same time (hatched 2 days earlier than the rest) I have no idea why it is so big!!


IMO there is too much of a difference in size even taking in the 2 day gap in hatching, wondering if you may have 2 bantams and 1 standard chick??


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:22 am 
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I've been wondering the same. Are you sure they are pure Barnies?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:44 am 
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Thanks everyone. They are from a very reputable breeder locally, so i have full faith they are not bantams. I guess time will tell!

All 3 of these have the "stance" of girls, but maybe a bit early for the boys to be cocky...
My Barred rock boys are certainly behaving like boys (same age)!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:15 am 
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Rocks are much easier to sex. The boys are much slower to feather and their growth rate is slower. The poor boys look really scruffy for ages. Barnies boys develop combs and wattles and different tails quite early. Feather patterning changes a lot as they develop.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:32 pm 
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estepeste,

If I were you I would be taking them back to breeder (gather you purchased fertile eggs) and ask if they may explain the vast difference in size, being very reputable breeders and locals they should not mind, after all they have a reputation to maintain.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:48 pm 
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I suggest you just wait for another 3 weeks or so before taking them back. Doubtful that they are bantams as barnie bantams are extremely rare. Give them a few more weeks and the sex will become obvious.

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