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post #21 of 29
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By red, I mean more red than it was. And more red than I would expect at its age. Hard to tell from the pic though, Sugar, I'm pretty sure is a boy. The saddle feathers are showing up pretty well now. Ill get better pics of both tomorrow.

post #22 of 29
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Okey dokey! So here's Sugar, my roo. My question now is about the bantam. Pullet or Cockerel? I assumed cockerel bc of how red around the eyes it is. But hey, what do I know? I think it's about 3 months. Can't be sure bc the place I got it form couldn't give me accurate information.

 

 

post #23 of 29
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Okey dokey! So here's Sugar, my roo. My question now is about the bantam. Pullet or Cockerel? I assumed cockerel bc of how red around the eyes it is. But hey, what do I know? I think it's about 3 months. Can't be sure bc the place I got it form couldn't give me accurate information.

 

 

The bantam looks like a pullet. A red face does not indicate cockerel.

post #24 of 29

Hi I'm really really sorry for stealing this thread but I'm new on here and have absolutely no idea how to start my own. :/ Any directions? I've searched all over.

post #25 of 29
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I thought that early redness in the comb/face was indicative of a cockerel? I could be mistaken. That's why I'm asking. Thanks!

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I thought that early redness in the comb/face was indicative of a cockerel? I could be mistaken. That's why I'm asking. Thanks!


Some people use early redness to indicate the difference between cockerel and pullet. In my opinion not the best but it can work. For example this is were it would go wrong. My Black Australorp cockerel at 4 months old. His comb and wattle are closer to a pale right now. They're starting to go red. For chickens that have all their feathers there are 4 ways that prove accurate until it's a breed of chicken that is known for hen feathering. Hen feathering is when a rooster will have feathers similar to a hen. You can sex a feathered chicken based on the neck feathers, tail coverts/sickle feathers, and saddle feathers. Sickle feathers are the feathers only on roosters that cover the tail while tail coverts on a hen will never pass the tail like sickle feathers would. I don't have a picture yet of the wings to do wing sexing but I can get them for you. As for now here's a picture of my cockerel and one of my pullets. See the differences between the neck feathers and the feathers around the tail.

post #27 of 29
The Japanese Bantam is a pullet and the other is definitely a cockerel.
1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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post #28 of 29
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I thought that early redness in the comb/face was indicative of a cockerel? I could be mistaken. That's why I'm asking. Thanks!

It's the comb and wattles turning red early on that indicate a cockerel.

 

This is a shot of one of my barred Rock pullets at about 4 months old. Her face is red, but her comb and wattles were still completely undeveloped. She's one of my best layers now.

post #29 of 29

x 2  with Rhodebar

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