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Old 05-16-2017, 04:38 PM
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When I read the title, I was almost definitely sure it was a female.

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i thought the barring on the undertail would mean its a female.. and that wf grey has no more barring.. that's why i thought it was a male
Well, you are partially correct. The only thing is that it doesn't apply to pearls. The tail feathers will all vary, and both sexes will have variations of the pearl tail feathers.

The way to sex pearls (if they aren't pied) is to see the yearlings. Males will completely molt out the pearls, and look like a normal grey. In this case, a whiteface.

Since your pearls are over a year, and don't posses and pied gene, they are girls.

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I think second from the left,what you call ""male WF grey"''is a girl. Adult bird if male-would develop a prominent face mask and the tail underside would be mostly grey or partially grey if pearl,so like Tielfan said eggs may be on the way
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thanks all

darn it, the centerline of the tailfeather is indeed black.. really explains alot.. haha

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I think all of your pearl birds are hens. The pied bird is obviously not a girl!
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I think all of your pearl birds are hens. The pied bird is obviously not a girl!
boy, i sure got it wrong.. :-)
that pretty much settles it.. looks like I'll have to separate pied from pearls when I'm out.. no breeding for me.. or maybe i should get a male pearl to breed instead.. hehe
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actually, if i do let them breed, which of the 3 should i allow the breeding? cos the pied has mounted all 3 but i've been almost always there to stop it from going further, so unlikely anyone of my hens are fertilized.

or should i just let it be, kinda like a harem for this lucky pied?

and what kind of babies would i be getting for a wf pied and wf grey/cinnamon pearl?

or should i get another male wf pearl for breeding?

darn, i've got more questions than answers.
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You should breed the male with the female that is most bonded to him. I don't recommend breeding all 3 together, since you won't know who is mom which can cause confusion later on.

You'll definitely get whitefaces from this pair. You won't get any pearls or cinnamon unless dad is split to it too. You won't get pieds unless mom is split to it.
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You should breed the male with the female that is most bonded to him. I don't recommend breeding all 3 together, since you won't know who is mom which can cause confusion later on.
thx for that.. no harem

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You'll definitely get whitefaces from this pair. You won't get any pearls or cinnamon unless dad is split to it too. You won't get pieds unless mom is split to it.
so it'll be wf grey or wf pied then.. hmmm.. decisions decisions

thx again
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I also don't recommend getting a pearl male...it's better to see if you can get a male split to pearl. Honestly, let the male pick a mate and keep a male baby from that clutch to breed to one of the other hens later on.

But if you aren't ready to breed, I would hold off on that. Breeding is a lot of work.
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I also don't recommend getting a pearl male...it's better to see if you can get a male split to pearl. Honestly, let the male pick a mate and keep a male baby from that clutch to breed to one of the other hens later on.

But if you aren't ready to breed, I would hold off on that. Breeding is a lot of work.
thx for the suggestion.. you're right.. but most likely i won't breed.

was contemplating letting go the male, and just keeping the hens, so much less hassle.. but have decided against that.. sad to break them up.. think one of the females has bonded with this male even though he's been mounting all 3 hens.

guess i'll just have to live with the hormonal thing and the male/female separation until i get the hormones thing down.. i'll have to if i wanna get more, can't be keeping a whole bunch of hens only right?..
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