A pair or not a pair? That is the question. I keep having doubts

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pyrttp
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Hi All,

I fluctuate between thinking I definitely have a pair and not being so sure. Before I go the DNA test route, what are people’s thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
Trent
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Never had these - but the beaks definately have a different look about them.
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A pair, if you believe the "curvature of the white breast" method of sexing:
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I have a suspicion that they are both hens.
Cocks have a longer drawn out call than hens and it is very noticeable.
Cocks display with a long piece of grass with a buzzing sound.
The cock bird has many more flank spots and are smaller in size where as the hen has fewer spots but they are larger spots of which those two have.
If you get them DNA please let us know for interest sake.
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I hope you are right Shane. That was the method I was basing by initial thoughts on. Also, I noticed the flatter crown on what I think is the cock matched another image I saw on a previous thread, as well as the darker / more prominent red eye ring. Interesting enough Craig, I did observe one today taking a long piece of grass to a roost and making the buzzing sound you mentioned so confident I have cock. This bird is chasing the other around the aviary with vigour. Does this suggest a cock zealously chasing a hen or possibly a cock chasing another cock away? I wonder if wild birds are as hard to sex?
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