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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:08 pm 
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Hi, I am new to posting, this is my first so If I do something wrong please forgive me.
:? I will try to attach a photo of my 2 recently aquired Wyandotte chicks They are 9 weeks old and were sold to me as females but they are starting to look different around the head.
I think the one in the background may be the rooster and the pullet in the foreground. What do you guys think? Any input appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:59 pm 
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Hi Wjf! Welcome to BYP! perfect first post, nothing wrong there... well done. :D

Yes, would have to agree with you, the one on the right definately looks roosterish to me. :? can you get back in contact with the breeder who sold them to you?

good luck! :wink:


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thanks for your input. I was really hoping I was wrong :cry:
I'm sure the breeder would take him back but my dilemma is this; the two little chicks are very attached to each other so If I send one back I really should send both back (and I am quite attached to them now too!!). I am living in town so council regulations don't allow roosters in town. However I have thought about trying to keep him and just wait and see if anyone complains. If I do this can I breed brother and sister or is this not done?
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brother and sister isnt too bad, so long as it isnt a pattern that continues for a while... :wink:


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and as a heads up... i have had wyandottes, and i live on several acres... if youre in town... imagine the biggest dog or small horse howling/braying as loud as they possibly can... thats what you will be up for at 4 am when he starts crowing...! :shock: yours dont look like bantams to me and thats what you can look forward to hearing... they are LOUD.

seriously, i would take him back whilst you can and do a swap... your pair may get on really well together, but so will the pair of girls within a day or two... :wink:


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I would say two pullets.
I have some four week old babies that are silver pencilled wyandottes also and i can sort of tell the boys now as the comb is much redder that either of yours.
Wait until Martin Holmes gets on tomorrow, he will be able to tell for sure.
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I would probably guess a pullet and cockrel also from what I can see in the pic... a bit hard to see the markings on the one you're uncertain of but it looks like the markings coming down the neck along the back and more black in the tails is similar markings to my boys at around this age. They are large partridge 'dottes, which is the gold version of silver penciled. The breasts are usually a bit of a give away as they look more 'scalloped' in males than the females juv. barring.

At this age, chicks generally will bond to others and people very well. Returning the male for a second female of similar age should see them buddies within a day or two.

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i found when i was breeding wyandottes it was pretty easy to tell the sex vrey early... i was told by a judge he sexed all his at 1 week old.. the comb is quite different between males and females very early on, thicker and more pronounced.


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firstly, thanks everyone for your help
I have included another few pics, 2 more of "him" and one of the other one I'm pretty sure is female . "His" comb is pinker than hers and he is also developing wattles where as she isnt.

http://i36.tinypic.com/1tvvyw.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/29dbz2t.jpg

http://i38.tinypic.com/166hcwl.jpg
http://i35.tinypic.com/21n48zp.jpg


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Hi wjf,and welcome. Without a doubt one of each .Very easy to tell with silver pencils in bantam at 4 weeks .( by feathering alone ) Where abouts are you ?


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Thanks everyone. not the answer I was hoping for, but I had a feeling this was the case. I am so disappointed as I looked for so long to find this breed and colour. I am in Melton vic


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Do you have large silver penciled wyandottes.

I have two hens and need a large rooster. Can you help?

I am in WA Perth also.

Your photo is very good example of the bread male and female.


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Hi White, Welcome to the forum! :)

We have a Sales and Wanted section and also a Breeders Directory which you'll find when you have had a chance to look around the rest of the site.

Good luck in finding your rooster. :)


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wjf, I have to agree with HBG on the volume. I have wyandottes here and the mature roos produce incredibly loud, long and deep-throated crows. It wouldn't be the breed to break your neighbours in on.

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