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post #11 of 27

I think it's a cockerel - you should be able to tell for sure in a week or two - just watch for the comb to change color or for the wattles to get any bigger. 

Like 2 of the other posters, your chick's comb is bigger than my 2 leghorn pullets' combs at 7-8 weeks of age (see picts).

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19548_white_leghorns.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19548_leghorn-8weeks.jpg

post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by aanash12 

I found this picture of a four week old white leghorn cockerel from another thread on the topic:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23943822@N08/2564765860/in/set-72157605397346559/
Is that level of redness typical for a cockerel?
If ours is indeed a roo, that's a major bummer for us, as our town only allows four hens, and we'll have to relocate or butcher him and probably would have a tough time finding another hen to add to the flock.  I also really, really wanted some white eggs for folk art purposes, and this is our only white-egg bird.
I tried my hand at wing-sexing when she/he was a new hatchling - and it appeared that there were the two staggered rows of primary feathers as would be typical for a girl.  Then again, I'm new to this.
Of course, if we ever find a white egg, we'll know for sure.


The color in that pic appears to have been greatly enhanced.  You can tell by the skin tone of the mans arm and his shirt sleeve.  However, I would expect more red than the baby in the op is displaying.


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post #13 of 27

My vote is for a boy..sorry hugs But I am not to good at this yet so i will keep my fingers crossed fl

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Mom to 6 kids-8, 5, 3, 2, 2, 3month, Wife to a track coach, and chicken mommy to:
1 year old- RIR, BR, Buff Orps,... 4 Month old-Silver Wyndottes, Black Stars, BR
3 month old-BOs, EEs, Bronze Turkeys, BR...1 month old-JG, BO...45 Meaties...a brooder full and bator going...still have room for more!
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post #14 of 27

Roo....

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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post #15 of 27

definitely  a rooster

post #16 of 27

there are some pics here, http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php, that show my pullets at 4 weeks old and Miss Jayne's cockerel at 3 weeks old.  My pullets are now about 8 weeks old and their combs still aren't as pink and plump as the one in question.

This is a pic of some of my girls at 7 weeks.
http://salehorses.tackandapparel.com/albums/userpics/7weeks.jpg


Edited by CovenantCreek - 3/22/09 at 4:17am
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post #17 of 27

100% boy

post #18 of 27
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Hi Lorie (CovenantCreek) - Your link doesn't seem to work - could you try that again?  I'd like to see your pics!
It would appear that the vote is not looking good for my supposed pullet.  I've heard that some girls look roo-ish for a while?  Or is that just wishful thinking?  Still hoping I just have a tomboy on my hands.
What is a "sure" sign?  I would assume crowing?  Obviously, if she lays an egg, we're in good shape... but that could be a few months away...

post #19 of 27

That's a little cockerel.

Pullets don't get the larger combs until they are near laying age.

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post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Cuban Longtails 

That's a little cockerel.

Pullets don't get the larger combs until they are near laying age.


yep.  i will second that also.  my 9 week Leghorn pullets have smaller combs than in the photos used here. 

um, the important question is, once it is determined, are there going to be "It's a Boy!" candy bars or what?  hurry up!  i need chocolate!  big_smile

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