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Rose the Delaware -- pullet or roo

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Any chance someone on here can tell me that our Miss Delaware is indeed a pullet? That pink comb has me worried.

 

 

 

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How old?

 

That makes a big difference in my answer...but right now, guessing about 6 to 8 weeks?  Looks to be a pullet. Delawares are fast maturing, and males will have substantially more, and much redder, comb by then.

 

Pullets also mature more quickly, so it is not unusual to see a bit of "blush" on a small, mostly yellow comb on a pullet. If however substantial red comes in before point of lay, then you likely have a roo.

 

LofMc

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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

How old?

 

That makes a big difference in my answer...but right now, guessing about 6 to 8 weeks?  Looks to be a pullet. Delawares are fast maturing, and males will have substantially more, and much redder, comb by then.

 

Pullets also mature more quickly, so it is not unusual to see a bit of "blush" on a small, mostly yellow comb on a pullet. If however substantial red comes in before point of lay, then you likely have a roo.

 

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Oops. Forgot to say that she's 5 weeks. Thanks for the reassurance. Seems like I've seen some 5 week old Delaware cockerels on here and they did have more pronounced combs. I wonder if the quick maturing means they start laying early too?
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Yes, they lay a bit earlier than other breeds.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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I'd say u would have a roo... Give it time to about 3 months of age u wil be certain by then
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