7 week old...cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RootandRoost, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. RootandRoost

    RootandRoost In the Brooder

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    He hatched from a Buff Minorca egg. His father is a mutt. (Mother red sex link, father Red sex link or another red rooster that my neighbor doesn’t remember the breed.)

    This little fella IS a fella, right?
     

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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Yes he’s a cockerel and so is the red head in the 5th picture.
     
  3. goldysgirl

    goldysgirl Songster

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    I am not sure. The comb is reddening up, but I don't see any feathers that scream rooster. Maybe someone will chime in.
     
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  4. BaaKaaawk

    BaaKaaawk Songster

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    I'm going hen actually. The rear is shaping out like a hen to me, not a roo in my opinion. Usually by now there would be saddle feathers forming on a roo and his tail feathers would be more flattened not standing upward. I also don't see any arrow feathers on it's neck. Probably still a little early to tell, but I don't think anyone will be able to sex this bird with certainty at this point.
     
  5. Fatimetta

    Fatimetta Chirping

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    I agree on pullet. The comb is pretty red but the feathers look like hen feathers to me.
     
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  6. BaaKaaawk

    BaaKaaawk Songster

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    In this specific case how do you know? I'm usually good at this but I don't see what distinguishing features you're seeing on this one?
     
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  7. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    The red comb and the prominent wattles at such a young age.
     
  8. BaaKaaawk

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    Ok. I'm curious to see how this one pans out- because I agree with you- but at the same time the feathers are saying a different story to me. Given that it is a mutt- I don't know how reliable the waddles and comb color are because of all the mixed types of birds. Will be interesting for sure. I hope the OP keeps us updated!
     
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  9. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Pointed hackle and saddle feathers aren’t visible at 7 weeks of age.
     
  10. goldysgirl

    goldysgirl Songster

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    Were all three hatched together from the same parents? The 2 red heads do have bigger and redder combs and wattles. The white headed one has smaller, paler comb and wattles. If so, I am thinking 2 boys and one girl (white head) based on comparison. My guesses on young birds are usually most accurate when I have both sexes of birds of the same age and variety. The differences usually give it away. Either way, it's always fun to make a guess!
     
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