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Old 03-20-2015, 07:17 PM
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This little mauve, DF YF II bub is four weeks old today. Pictures are in natural light, no flash. Sorry they aren't sharper. We haven't had much natural light of late.

Is it too early to tell? Two about the same age are pretty obvious to me. But then I have several with so much melanin, it's anyone's guess. I'm just not sure on this guy. I'm thinking male, but would love other opinions.

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Old 03-20-2015, 07:23 PM
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Looks like a young female from what I can see in these.

Do the photos represent accurately what the little one looks like in person Erin?
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Thanks Lindsey! You know I just looked again in very bright light and I'm pretty sure you are correct. The pictures are semi accurate, but looking close under a bright light, it's a bit darker everywhere but around then nares. So, yes, probably female. LOL Definitely the sweetest hen I've had from these three clutches so far. (She's a foster bub from a clutch with only one survivor.) I think I let her personality impact my judgement on sex. And I know you say that sex doesn't really impact sweetness. But I've just happened to have some witchy hens and super sweet males as adults.

ETA: Actually, I really hope it is a hen as that's the type of personality I would like to breed!
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Yep, lighting can make sexing young chicks very tricky, and especially in photos! If you see a varying cere color in very young birds ,4- weeks, then more than likely they are hens generall speaking, unless they are one of the muations that tend to keep more pink for a longer period such as ino, cinnamon, lacewing, DF spangle, etc

I am sorry you have had such a bad experience from hens However, it is not just me that has a different view of the true potential for both sexes. I have had so many families that have brought home female babies who have had nothing but raves from their little girls over the years. You can find a few examples here Happy Families - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

It is a shame that hens get such a bad wrap. I can only imagine is because of countless generations of poor personality breeding from breeders who do not take personality into, and when they can not sell a female baby because of poor personality they keep them for breeding. Can you see a single bit of sense in this? I can not, and to me it is quite literally one the biggest of mistakes when it comes to breeding any species. Why would you want to breed a bird you could not sell as a pet?

I breed for personality first, and when you do this both boys and girls can be equally as sweet and wonderful. It is easy as throw two birds together if you are just looking to make money. But when you do things right in terms of breeding for personality it takes effort, time and consideration with regards to knowing your birds before making a truly compatible pair, and eliminating any birds you know are not ideal if you want truly balanced and sweet chicks in both sexes

This is one of the subjects I will be covering in my eBook this summer, as well as how to assess and pair the best birds for personality with the hope of having balanced and sweet chicks

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AHH IT'S MALINA'S ALL GROWN UP!
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They grow so fast....
Yep, I agree, looks like a she to me!
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