Sexing Pullets and cockerels.

Hi!
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.
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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.
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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.
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The yellowish white chicks are males, the red chicks are females.

Buff Orpington Pullet. Small comb, no sign of red in comb.
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Buff Orpington cockerel. Large comb, Pinkish red comb.
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Wing sexing one day old chicks.
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This is really the only way to sex one day old chicks.


This is a RIR cockerel.
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This is a RIR pullet.
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Also, her is a very helpful video I found on YouTube.
ENJOY!
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Great article! Informative and easy to understand, super helpful for beginners. The pictures really helped to show the differences.
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Very informative but not misleading. I also like the fact that no one is offended if someone corrects their points with facts and it's taken into consideration and appreciates the corrections. This article was great.
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Great article! Very informative and love all of the pics you included!
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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.
 

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