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7 week old RIR, pullet or cockerel?

post #1 of 6
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I'm confused, I read so many stories about not judging pullet or cockerel based only upon the comb and wattle, but I'm gonna throw this out there!  What are your thoughts?  Thanks :)

post #2 of 6

Hmm, I'd say Cockerel

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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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post #3 of 6

Its built kind funny, maybe its just fluffed up. Are you sure its a Rhode Island Red?

post #4 of 6
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Good question. I got them from a feed store which labeled them Rhode Island Red pullets... I'm beginning to question any validity from them though since I'm sure at least 2 out of the 12 I ordered are cockerels....  And maybe this one.  If you guess cockerel, is it just based upon the comb and wattle?

post #5 of 6

At 7 weeks old, gender can really only be assessed by comb coloration. Other indications of cockerels don't begin to really develop until after about 10 weeks. Regardless of the breed, pullets do not start to pink up in the comb until they are getting close to laying. At only a few weeks old, there is no way this chick is going to start laying in the next couple weeks. It's a cockerel.

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

At 7 weeks old, gender can really only be assessed by comb coloration. Other indications of cockerels don't begin to really develop until after about 10 weeks. Regardless of the breed, pullets do not start to pink up in the comb until they are getting close to laying. At only a few weeks old, there is no way this chick is going to start laying in the next couple weeks. It's a cockerel.

PERFECT answer!!! Thanks so much!

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