Sexing Pullets and cockerels.

By sassysarah · Jun 7, 2017 · Updated Jun 18, 2017 · ·
  1. sassysarah
    I always see threads of people asking if they have a pullet or a cockerel, so I thought I would start an article on the subject. Here is a very helpful pic.
    Barred Rock.
    Pullet on left with smaller comb and darker color. Cockerel on the right, with more white than pullet, and larger comb and wattles.
    Mostly what you would look at are the comb and wattles. The comb on a cockerel are always much larger and more pinkish red than a pullets. A pullet has a small comb mostly, Unless the breed has a super large comb, like leghorns for example. Also a pullets comb is a orange color unlike cockerels. Mostly pullets and cockerels are the same color, so you can't really go off that. Sexlinks are different colors though.

    Red stars links you can sex at hatch.
    Females are red, males are white. thumb_large_popup_2169.jpg
    The yellowish white chicks are males, the red chicks are females.

    Buff Orpington Pullet. Small comb, no sign of red in comb. 700W7XUROCB.jpg
    Buff Orpington cockerel. Large comb, Pinkish red comb.

    Wing sexing one day old chicks. 927109899d7793ee2d1bf6318882ea12.jpg This is really the only way to sex one day old chicks.

    This is a RIR cockerel.
    This is a RIR pullet.
    Also, her is a very helpful video I found on YouTube.


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  1. Cadence A Waller
    "Really Great Article!!!"
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    Great article! Very informative and love all of the pics you included!
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    1. sassysarah
      Thank you☺❤
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    "Great article!"
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  3. Shadrach
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 17, 2018
    I can't do it so well done.
    I've learnt something here.
    A generous offer at base of page to try and sex your chicks.
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      I'm so glad this was helpful!☺


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  1. Chicken Girl1
    Good article, thank you for writing. I have one concern though, the Barred Rock picture of the pullet could be misleading to new chicken owners since most BR pullets have more white then that but are still darker then the boys. Just a slight thing, otherwise so helpful to people learning to sex their birds.
  2. TheBirdLady2001
    Five Stars! Great article :) includes everything I needed to know. Very helpful if you are starting to get into chickens!
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    1. sassysarah
      Thank you very much!!!
  3. Katrina89
    I gave this 5 stars because it's so helpful for someone like me, that's new to chickens... :)
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    1. sassysarah
      Awe! Thank you very much!!
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  4. TheKindaFarmGal
    Wing sexing is not the only way to sex day old chicks and can only be done when the parents have the correct genetics.
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    1. sassysarah
      Ok, thanks....;)
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    2. Hybridchucks
      I didn't know the till a couple of weeks ago @sassysarah123 ! So annoying u just can't just tell the gender by development of wing feathers! Grrr
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  5. Hybridchucks
    welcome!!!!! xx
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  6. Hybridchucks
    I RATED 5 STARS!!!!
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    1. sassysarah
      Thank you so much!
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  7. Hybridchucks
    VERY HELPFUL!!!!!!!:eek::thumbsup:celebrate:woot
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  8. Lauren Kim
    So helpful!!
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    1. sassysarah
      Thanks!! I love sexing chickens!
  9. Whittni
    Good job!
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  10. sassysarah
    Talk to you tomorrow!:thumbsup
  11. sassysarah
    You're very welcome!
  12. kelleowen
    This is very interesting, I will be back in touch Sarah. Thank you...
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  13. sassysarah
    Let me know if you need more advice! :D
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