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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:50 pm 
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Hi
Is my 7 week Barnevelder really a pullet? I bought her as a sexed day old pullet but she seems much more masculine in behaviour and stance. She still has only a small yellow comb. I read that males have single lacing on the chest and hers does appear to be mostly single - I'm hoping that just means she's poorly laced.
I wasn't sure what I needed to show so I hope you don't mind so many pictures.
Thanks for your help,
Martine

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:57 pm 
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Berry not Bertie. Her lacing will change a bit after her first moult.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:05 pm 
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Thank you very much Sue55 for responding so quickly. Would you mind telling me what the defining feature is? I've been very worried about the chest lacing.
I'm so pleased that I can keep her!!
Thanks again,
Martine


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:54 am 
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The pale comb and lack of wattles suggest hen - I'll try to get some pics of both at similar age tomorrow


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You may also find some useful comparison photos in the:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:43 pm 
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Thanks Cackles.

I have been searching the internet for great comparisons but unfortunately many threads that may have been helpful no longer display the photos or are missing a final outcome.
I'll keep adding photo's of Betty as she develops in the hope that it helps someone else.
Buying sexed chicks is much more stressful than I thought. I've already returned a Silver Grey Dorking pullet that developed a very black chest at about 4 weeks.
So pleased that my Barnevelder is a pullet!

Thanks again,
Martine


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:59 pm 
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A couple of pics of my Blue Barnies at 9 weeks. The difference is quite clear in the head gear. The hackle (neck) feathers on the male are now much more pointed than those of the female - hers are nicely rounded


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:53 pm 
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Wow! Thanks Sue55,
Your Barnevelders are gorgeous, even at 9 weeks!
Those photos are helpful. I feel confident that Betty is female now.
I'm really grateful that you posted them.
Martine


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:30 am 
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Just to complete the post and maybe help others struggling a much as I do with gender, here's Betty growing up:
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