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Roo or Pullet? VERY confused.

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Hello. I have 2 RIR chicks, approximately 7 weeks in age. Both purchased from TSC. I believe the larger of the two (1st pictures), to be female. The smaller one, in the 2nd set of photos, I'm a bit unsure of. "She has always had a larger comb, and is now has larger waddles as well.  "She" has this GOOFY run/walk, that is different from her sister, and my other 10 birds (these are my only RIRs). "She" has some green feathering and longer tail feathers as well. "She" had an accident at about 3-4 wks old (got trapped under feeder for right under an hour), and has been stunted in growth since, so it is a bit harder to compare the two birds. 2 pullets, 1 pullet/1 Roo? Thank you in advance. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!!!

 

Supposed Pullet

 

 

 

Roo or Female?

 

 

 

 

Thank you all again in advance!!

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The first is a pullet. The second... looks female but I agree the comb and wattles are rather suspicious. That said, many RIR pullets tend to have rather large combs and wattles, whereas almost all cockerels grow MASSIVE combs and wattles, significantly bigger than this one's. I would suggest posting updated pictures in 3-4 weeks, sex should have become much more obvious by then.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Hmmm... I got a RIR "pullet" originally from Privett Hatchery and right off the bat "she" acted differently. I noticed this chick was bolder, larger comb that reddened up early, and was far more alert. It did end up being a cockerel unfortunately. Here are pics I took to compare:

Middle chick


Notice the roosters stance and the RIR cockerel next to him. gig.gif. My dog walked by, notice the pullets didn't pay it much mind but the boys wanted to kick butt!





About 6weeks old here. RIR cockerel vs red sex link comb



Far left chick


Far right chick roughly 8 weeks



It's a tough call on this one, you will know for sure if it crows or lays an egg! old.gif But I agree with the others, give it a little longer and it will get easier to tell pullet/cockerels apart.
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Thank you all. I will wait and see, then update at 10-12 weeks.
Chickenmomma16, I couldn't get a great picture of him/her, but pic 3 bears a striking resemblance to him/her, in person(well, chick to human...wink.png. Hoping for a rooster, but 12 hens means more eggs🐓🐔🍳.
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Update: chickens are now 9 weeks. Still not 100% on the "male", but I'm still holding out for a Roo. Anyone able to tell now? Thanks again in advance!!
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Originally Posted by Lone Star Chick View Post

Update: chickens are now 9 weeks. Still not 100% on the "male", but I'm still holding out for a Roo. Anyone able to tell now? Thanks again in advance!!

Lookin like a pullet to me.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #8 of 9
If it's 9 weeks old, I vote cockrel. That's a whole lot of comb to be a girl.
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Thank you both!!
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