Well, it would appear that I have egg on my face. My prediction was scrambled, my confidence cracked and my reputation fried.
I had made a prediction about the gender of my peeps when they were a day old: 4 hens and 1 roo.
I appear to have been a little off. A lottle off actually.
Please compare what I said and pictured with this other official link–a university’s animal science department:
Official feather sexing for a girl (pullet)–http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/reprod/ReproTech/Feathersex/sld003.htm
Official feather sexing of a boy (cockerel)–http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/reprod/ReproTech/Feathersex/sld005.htm
Where did I go wrong?
So it would seem I have in actuality, not 1 rooster, but possibly 5. If that is so, then I hatched 5 out 5 roosters this hatching and 5 out of 6 roosters last time. What are the odds???
I still am not positive on this, but their current feather development is such that they are all looking roostery. They are developing long tail and saddle feathers. One has more medium length–seems longer than a hen but definitely less than the others…is there hope there? Here they are– I couldn’t get them all in one pic, so here are the 5 in two pics.
(Note: Saddle feathers are in the back, but not the tail. The tail pokes this way —-> and the saddle feathers slope downward)
Now for an oddity. Several weeks ago 4 out 5 chickens’ legs bleached. They are born yellow and then (at least with this breed) at some point turn pinky white. The hens seem to do it in conjunction with the onset of egg laying. So 4 bleached out about the same time and weeks later I still have one with yellow legs. It also happens to be the one with medium, not long tail feathers. Could that possibly indicate s/he is a female?
They aren’t quite old enough for laying yet. The crowing has started but never more than one at a time for me to see who all is crowing.
The final determination has not quite been made yet, but will be confirmed very soon. So I am done with the prognostication business and will stop predicting things ahead of time, except that I do foresee a lot of chicken soup in my future.