8.5 week old Speckled Sussex genders?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MotherOfChickens, May 22, 2018.

  1. MotherOfChickens

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    I am so confused about these two babies. They are 8.5 weeks old. Ive had people tell me pullets before, but now some are saying they both look like cockerels. What do you all think?

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  3. MotherOfChickens

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    I think so too... Except the only cockerel I have (for sure) to compare them to is a Welsummer. He is the same age as these two, but without a doubt a cockerel. But being different breeds, it doesn't help me any lol
     
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  5. emmyn74

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    Im going to be the Debbie downer here....I think they are both males...Sussex grow slower and don't show their Combs as fast as other chickens do....the Combs on a pullet would be smaller than what urs are in this picture....
     
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  6. ChooksNQuilts

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    Yours are pullets.
    If they were cockerels I’m pretty sure they’d be developing wattles and they and the combs would be getting red.

    Here’s an 8 week old Naked Neck cockerel.
    Notice Conan’s obvious comb and wattles and how pink they are. (Lol, he took a selfie :lau )
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  7. MotherOfChickens

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    It's ok if they are. Although I can not keep them if they are, I do have a home for them to go to if they are. I just need to know.
     
  8. MotherOfChickens

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    LOL he looks like a vulture lol... It seems Speckles are difficult to sex... As they develop slower than other breeds. It frustrates me for sure.
     
  9. MotherOfChickens

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    What about the feathering... I know they say cockerels feather MUCH slower than the pullets. And one did feather a lil slower than the other and also really likes to go chest to chest with my Welsummer cockerel. But what about the hackles and saddles?
     
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    Mine at about 6 weeks. The one on the left was indeed the rooster, on the right was the little hen.

    Edited to change the age: I just looked at the date stamp on the photo and it was taken April 27th, so they were just over 4.5 weeks old.
     
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