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Pullet or cockerel?

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New hampshire red 3 weeks. I think it's a pullet but not sure.


Silkie? Mix. 6-8 weeks. One has a slightly larger comb than the other and acts as bit cochise.



I am 90% sure I have a brown leghorn cockerel. 2 roos would be okay, but prefer not more than that.

Thanks!
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New hampshire red 3 weeks. I think it's a pullet but not sure.


Silkie? Mix. 6-8 weeks. One has a slightly larger comb than the other and acts as bit cochise.



I am 90% sure I have a brown leghorn cockerel. 2 roos would be okay, but prefer not more than that.

Thanks!

Your Leghorn is a pullet, no black chest. Partridge type colors can be sexed pretty early on due to the different male/female colorations. Too early to guess for the New Hampshire. For the Silkie mixes, if it's got a noticeable comb by ten weeks old, it's usually a cockerel.

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Black chest? I didn't think that was a distinctive feature at 3 weeks? I have 2 leghorn. That one I'm pretty sure is a pullet the other I'm pretty sure is a cockerel. He has a smaller tail and less back feathering, slightly larger comb, bossy and lots of attitude. He also tends to stand up straight when startled.



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Black chest? I didn't think that was a distinctive feature at 3 weeks? I have 2 leghorn. That one I'm pretty sure is a pullet the other I'm pretty sure is a cockerel. He has a smaller tail and less back feathering, slightly larger comb, bossy and lots of attitude. He also tends to stand up straight when startled.



Behavior at that age is not a reliable way of determining gender. I've had plenty of bossy and assertive pullets. The chest will feather in black if male, rosy brown if a pullet. You can see the difference as soon as those chest feathers start coming in.

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I will keep an eye on that. Neither have chest feathers yet. Really I just hope the red is a pullet and I don't end up with more than 2 roos.

Thanks for the help!
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