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how to tell difference between cockerels and pullets?

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I bought 22 EE chicks 7 weeks ago and I'm having a hard time telling the difference between the sex of the chicks. Some of them have almost no comb, some of them have a bit more comb that is just light pink, some of them have a larger comb that is almost red, some of them have almost no comb that is red, I have to say I'm confused! How do I tell the difference or do I just have to wait and see? idunno

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Cockerels tend to stand more erect and look tall. You may have to wait and see... or post some pics here big_smile

4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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Originally Posted by Pinky 

Cockerels tend to stand more erect and look tall. You may have to wait and see... or post some pics here big_smile


I'll take some pics this weekend and see what all of you think, hope I can fit it into my schedule.. big_smile

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Combs: redish in cockerels, yellowish in pullets. Legs: larger in cockerels, more robust. And yes , the pullets tend to walk more parallel to the floor. If you make a sound to alert them ,the guys tend to raise the head. Girls don't do that so evident. Guess who are boys in this pic.
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/6871/imagen003dv.th.jpg

(1 red, 1 dark brown,1 white)


Edited by kano - 4/14/11 at 5:33pm
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EEs can be a tricky call.  The mixed lines that go into producing an EE can really mess with the ability to sex them young.  Unfortunately I have found that until they start crowing or laying eggs, it is really difficult to determine whether they are male or female.  Behavior tends to be a more accurate gauge than appearance as Kano said.

Good luck.

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Combs: redish in cockerels, yellowish in pullets. Legs: larger in cockerels, more robust. And yes , the pullets tend to walk more parallel to the floor. If you make a sound to alert them ,the guys tend to raise the head. Girls don't do that so evident. Guess who are boys in this pic.
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/6871/imagen003dv.th.jpg

(1 red, 1 dark brown,1 white)


Wow, looks like 3 cockerels and 3 pullets to me from you description, am I right?  smile

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EEs can be a tricky call.  The mixed lines that go into producing an EE can really mess with the ability to sex them young.  Unfortunately I have found that until they start crowing or laying eggs, it is really difficult to determine whether they are male or female.  Behavior tends to be a more accurate gauge than appearance as Kano said.

Good luck.


That's what I thought, I bought 2 EE's that were supposed to be pullets, my wife called me at work one day and said hey hon you're a dad to a pullet that crows! lau

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It looks like you have 3 roosters, they look like they have some Shamo blood in them.

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I just posted this to another thread about sexing chickens - it's weird and funny all in one - but, it worked on all of mine (19 - 7 roos; 12 hens.)  Hold your chick without holding his/her legs.  If the legs dangle, it's a boy; if the legs draw up to the chicks body, it's a girl.  When I started my chickens in the classroom, a county extension service agent told me that it was pretty reliable.  Of course, I thought it was silly and she said it was possibly an old wives tale.  My chickens are mixed breeds; but, honestly it worked with all of them!!  It's hilarious.  My oldest ones are 3 years old and they still do it.  I told my husband we need to take pics but he thinks it's a little late to go out and do it.  Some day.........roll

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