6 week GLW... roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Kaylin, May 2, 2016.

  1. Kaylin

    Kaylin Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 chicks, 6 weeks old, 4 different breeds. This GLW stands out as the smallest by far but not lightweight...rather surprisingly heavy actually. Feathering in so differently from the other GLW. Was lagging behind, now with feathers coming in everywhere it seems. Has lost almost all downy feathers though. Will stand toe to toe or bump chests with any of them including the alpha buff orp who is easily twice her (his?) size (same age). Am I wrong in thinking I have a roo? Not much happening on the head but I saw wattles starting today. Rose comb still pretty flat and pale. Almost no tail yet.
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Too young to be sure but so far looks like a pullet. GLWs will all develop a pretty meaty comb even as youngsters, so the roosters tend to make themselves real well known pretty early on.
     
  3. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2, I think they are pretty fiesty birds. My SLW pullet was constantly sparring and had what I thought was a fairely pink comb at 5 weeks. I asked about her on this thread a couple of times. She has now laid her 6th egg. Comparing her to obvious SLW cockerals there was a world of difference.
     
  4. Kaylin

    Kaylin Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh good. Thank you both for the reassurance! I appreciate the time and info. I know it's too early to know what sex but I was already starting to call her a him in my head so I was hoping to change that. :) thanks!
     
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  5. Kaylin

    Kaylin Out Of The Brooder

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    I think what throws me is the lack of a tail. I always felt like this chick was a week younger than the other who has a tail and lots more feathers.
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Feather growth is irrelevant to sexing unless you can be absolutely certain the chick is the offspring of a fast feathering cock over a slow feathering hen. Even then, it's only accurate at about one day of age. I've seen a group of ten different pullet chicks of the same breed hatched on the same day exhibit ten different patterns of feather growth.
     
  7. Kaylin

    Kaylin Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright. I'll quit trying to read into it. Thanks again!
     
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  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    You are very welcome.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Looks like a pretty pullet to me
     
  10. Kaylin

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    thank you! I think she is going to be a real looker.
     

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