I can relate! One of my chicks (I have two currently) is pretty skittish.
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I recently purchased two Mottled Java's hoping for one of each. Looking at their combs looks like I got two Cockerels. Although I have noticed that adult females have quite a large comb. When we got them Lucy was much bigger than Pepper but now it is opposite. They are both around 7 weeks here. If anyone has opinions, info or guesses I would love it....thanks.
Edited by Chick Peas - 6/13/15 at 4:20pm
We have 8 Mottled Java, between 9 and 10 1/2 weeks old. Love them! (and one hybrid layer from a prior flock. they are as big as she is! LOL)
This is our second flock of birds - the first were all hybrids and eventually died off. The red one is the only one remaining. We plan to breed for meat and eggs, improved adherence to the standard, and faster maturity. (We have a great rooster candidate for that already.)
It's hard to tell their sex by the combs this early. I'm finding it more effective to look at their saddle feathers. I have a couple I KNOW are cockerels because the saddle feathers are obvious. And they do tend of have somewhat larger combs/wattles than those without the saddle feathers.