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I think it's a roo, BUT...

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Hello! This little guy is 1/2 Speckled Sussex, 1/4 Salmon Faverolle, 1/4 Partridge Rock mix. He's 4 weeks old today and looking a bit manly, but there's one thing holding me back from calling it. His mother looked almost identical at this age-exceptionally slow feathering, heavy body, long thick legs, dark chestnut body feathering, but she had even more comb and wattle development/redness at this age. It wasn't until the only rooster in her hatch started growing hackle/saddle feathers that I realized she was a pullet. So this little guy is a bit of a genetic nightmare when it comes to sexing.

I did notice tonight, though, that he has a pink line running down the outside of each leg, like my roosters get when they hit maturity, but not as dark. I've never seen that in a chick so young-is there anything that might cause this in a female, or does this prove this little guy is male? It has been cooler than usual this week, don't know if that could make a difference. Here are some photos, one includes another chick from the same hatch, but all the other chicks are purebred and are not related to him in any way, so not a good comparison for feathering or comb growth. The chick's stance is not typically rooster-y, but he is a bit more upright in the photos than usual because he was nervous of the camera. He does not chest bump or act male at all, but he is free-ranging with his mother and the flock (including a rooster),would that factor into his behavior?









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I could be wrong but that rounded body looks cockerelish to me.  Can you get a shot from above with this chick and one of his almost certain sisters for comparison? 

18 layers of various breeds and 8 cute chicks... and a broody sitting on the last chicks produced by our Super Blue roo and Super Blue pullet.

 

RIP Gus, our beautiful Super Blue rooster.  May you live on through your beautiful chicks!

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18 layers of various breeds and 8 cute chicks... and a broody sitting on the last chicks produced by our Super Blue roo and Super Blue pullet.

 

RIP Gus, our beautiful Super Blue rooster.  May you live on through your beautiful chicks!

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Pretty coloring, stance seems Cockerel but the comb & wattle not very pink/red so I'd say pullet but at 4wks, too young to tell.  Try more pic at 6 - 8 wks.....Just guessing here.

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I'll try to get a pic from above later today or tomorrow (it's pouring rain right now). (S)he doesn't have any related chicks in the same hatch-all the rest are purebred Swedish Flower Hens from a completely different flock. But here's a crappy pic of the mother at roughly the same age or maybe a few days older (she's the 1/2 faverolle, 1/2 partridge rock parent):


And the mother now:


The mother had a full red comb and wattles by 2 months and was laying at 4-1/2 months.
Edited by seachainanmadra - 5/23/16 at 11:43am
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