4.5 Week Old White Leghorn - Pullet or Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by aank4, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. aank4

    aank4 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    This is our first set of chicks, supposedly all pullets. I'm highly suspicious of our white leghorn, though. "She" has a bigger comb than the rest, in particular, and she's been growing the fastest. I wonder if it's just because white leghorns are bred to grow quickly and produce right away? It's possible that my other girls' breeds have smaller combs at this age (4.5 weeks), too - not sure.

    Anyway, here are pics, your opinions are much appreciated!
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  2. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    Yellow is good! I think she's a she...males would get pinker fast...
  3. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    I know the leghorn hens have much larger combs than other breeds.. I would watch the wattles as an indication too because they start developing early on roos.

    edited to say that if I was a betting person I would say it is a ROO...
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  4. Leghorns have large combs both the girls and the boys.

    My adult leghorn hens have a good sized comb that folds over
    when they started laying.

    You most likely have a girl, but there always is that "surprise".
  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    She looks like a little girly girl to me. [​IMG] They can get some serious huge combs and hers is not even a touch pink. [​IMG]
  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i am actually thinking cockerel. there is some pink to the comb and spur bumps.

    my white leghorn pullets are 9 weeks old and their combs are much smaller than this.

    no matter what, it's a cute chicken! [​IMG]
  7. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    Hmmmm...good question! My Leghorn pullets are 8 weeks and their combs are smaller than that. But all my cockerals have much more red than that (other breeds...BR, RIR).
  8. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    im gonna say boy on this one...he/she looks just like my old sunny.........
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    No doubt.


    I got 3 of the 5 that hatched that are 4 weeks old and they too are roos!
  10. aank4

    aank4 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    I found this picture of a four week old white leghorn cockerel from another thread on the topic:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/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.
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