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Speckled Sussex: Abigail or Abraham

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This is my two-and-a-half week old speckled sussie who is growing their comb out significantly faster than their siblings are. This is luckily my favorite chick, so they get to stay and be our sole rooster if my suspicions are correct.

I will say, they run like a hen with their head forward, but I know that's not 100% telltale.
Edited by chickenchichi - 5/26/16 at 7:59am
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Abraham :)

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If it is an Abraham then the feathering will be less than it's hatch mates. Look at all the birds and if this one has less feathering than others then yes indeed it's a cockerel. 

 

To me at 2.5 weeks it is well feathered but you have to compare to others. 


Edited by Egghead_Jr - 5/26/16 at 8:17am

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Abraham smile.png


HOORAY! I love Speckled Sussex roosters, so I'm thrilled! So far, he's the only one of my chicks to show roo signs so crossing my fingers the rest are hens like we were told.
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If it is an Abraham then the feathering will be less than it's hatch mates. Look at all the birds and if this one has less feathering than others then yes indeed it's a cockerel. 
Abe is still mostly fluff, especially compared to my other Sussex
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Is the less feathers method true for other breeds? I have a RIR who is also mainly fluff
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If it is an Abraham then the feathering will be less than it's hatch mates. Look at all the birds and if this one has less feathering than others then yes indeed it's a cockerel. 

 

To me at 2.5 weeks it is well feathered but you have to compare to others. 

He also has quite a comb on him :)

 

 

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Is the less feathers method true for other breeds? I have a RIR who is also mainly fluff

Its usually a pretty good way to guess? I've raised my fair share of roosters/cockerels in the past 3 years and if they don't get a huge comb immediately/eventually then they usually feather pretty slowly :3

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This is the RIR. It took me so long to get a picture because it chases the camera
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