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Postby smick » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:09 am

G'day I have a mature cock bird in with what I think is a hen but it displays too :roll: . This birds beak has gone black shouldn't that mean its a hen or do all young birds beak turn from the light orange colour to black and then when maturing the cock birds changes to bright orange :?:

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Postby Ring0Neck » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:20 am

Well, It should be a simple changeover at about 8 months old.
Males will change from black to bright red
hen's beak remains black
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Postby smick » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:00 am

Thanks ringo, I have had the bird 9 months now so if by Christmas its still black should be a hen, I hope, at what age does the chest change colour. :?:

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Postby smick » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:58 am

Well the beak is now changing to bright orange from the top down, so my guess by it's displaying that it was a cock was correct. So now I have got 2 cock birds so now must look for hens :roll: . At least they are not related so should be good for when I breed young in the future when I find hens.

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Postby smick » Sat May 10, 2014 6:12 am

G'day again, well I bought 2 new hens from Fairfield bird sales both 2013 bred, so should not be somebody's reject. Well you should have seen the 2 males reaction :D . The younger males has been displaying he's little heart out, the other one is displaying as well but the younger one is super keen, I will let them select there own partners. Thanks Smick.

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Postby Ring0Neck » Sat May 10, 2014 6:44 pm

Sounds exciting, must give you a sense of relief and pleasure seeing the 2 rascals happy :D
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Re: Young moustache

Postby Skyes_crew » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:20 pm

Smick, moustache are all hatched with orange beaks. Both male and female will then change to black, and at maturity males will then change again to that dark reddish orange color.

Two babies in the middle are moustache.

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Re: Young moustache

Postby smick » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:37 am

Thanks skyes-crew, it looks like they have selected partners so now is just a waiting game, I don't know if hens can breed at 1yr, but can't wait. Thanks smick

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