Originally Posted by Chickies Mama
I have seven-6 week old chicks of various types and while I have been hoping for pullets, I have found most have little bumps on the backs of their legs. Are spur bumps this early are sure sign of a cockerel? Any chance they may still be pullets?
Those are called spur buds, and all chicks have them. Some males never grow spurs, and some hens will. It's not a reliable way to assess gender.
At 6 to 8 weeks old, there is usually a noticeable difference in comb development in cockerels, and their coloring begins to get more patchy.