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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:16 pm 
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I thought I'd throw up a few photos of what I think I've worked out are males and females now. They are all just over 10 weeks old, not crowing yet but I'm pretty certain it's obvious now. Just interested to see what you all think.

Two Light Sussex Males:
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Light Sussex Male? This one I'm not sure of...
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Two Lavender Araucana Males:
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Itty Bitty Female Black Araucana:
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I'd love to hear what you all think!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:21 pm 
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Lol seriously, the little black Araucana is living up to the name 'Tiny', look how small she is compared to one of the smaller Light Sussex!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:22 pm 
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i am not a sussex sexer at all, but from the photos the combs and wattles all look pretty similar in size and colour to me. So I am not at all sure what you have! The araucana I tend to agree because of the big gwarky shape of the lavender ones.. But I do find they are not an easy breed to sex.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:30 pm 
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I think you've got it right. Are the hackle feathers on the ?male? Sussex pointed or rounded at the ends?
When I first started breeding Araucanas I found a lot of variation in size. Because they are a largely recreated breed in Australian there is a fair genetic diversity, and the line between bantam and standard is often blurred.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:32 pm 
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If the back/saddle feathers thing holds true with the Araucana then I've got four males and two females. There is an obvious difference in the rounded feathers on the females and very sharp pointed ones on the males. One of the black and one of the Lavender males seem pretty obvious as they are beardy and have long tails too.

The questionable Sussex is the largest of the 5 I have which is why I think male, but with all of their hackle feathers they seem pretty pointed, even the one I think is female. It just doesn't have the big floofy britches that the female has, and there is a difference in the tail feathering between him and the female. The other three barely have any tail feathers at all, and the large combs make me think it's almost certain they are males.

Argh, I need to start getting rid of some of these males, I only want one and I've got 9 of them, lol.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:56 pm 
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hi azira, I think they are all males the sussex and ara's you poor thing getting that many boys, isn't it always the way :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:06 pm 
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Lol, don't tell me that! :aaargh: :rofl:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:41 pm 
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long time after post but what was the outcome azira ?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:22 am 
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All of the Sussex were male, wishful thinking on my part, I hatched 5/5 males, lol.

The saddle feather technique is accurate for Araucana, I did have 4 males and 2 females. Leg thickness, hackle feathers and comb size can also be used, but I've found that saddle feathers is the most obvious and accurate. I've found I can use it from about 6-8 weeks depending on growth rates of the individual chickens.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:08 pm 
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ahh that happens a lot !! my latest ara im pretty sure is a roo which i didnt want :-( this one has features of both sexes so im probably wasting $20 but im having it dna'd just so i can move it on quicker and not have to wait for crowing

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