8wk Old Runty Cochin - Cockerel or Pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Reyvaughn, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is Dino... Or Dina?
    I was thinking girl, but since this one's always been runty, I am not sure.
    It's getting red in the wattles and some pink in the comb. My two other
    Pullets are still totally colorless and wattleless.


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    I am assuming Cockerel.
    Shame if it's a he... He's a red w/ some mottling.
    Not that I need another project...​
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Pullet. It looks just like my standard red Cochins from Ideal. My rooster (hatched last spring) had comb and wattles twice that size that were bright red by 4 weeks.
     
  3. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I thought pullet, too. But at 8wks, should there be any red in the wattles? And, like I said, it is runty? It's only 2/3 the size of everyone else. My other girls have no wattles or color at all. I mean at all.
     
  4. ksacres

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    Cockeral. I see the beginnings of pointy saddle and hackle feathers. In the first pic, right over the tail, there is one darker feather that is pointy. In the second picture, the hackle feathers that are catching the sun/glare are pointy.

    Pointy = cockeral.
     
  5. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought the hackles were getting pointy. The saddle feathers were iffy to me.
     
  6. ksacres

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    Yes, it looks like he's going to darken too. If he's unthrifty I wouldn't want to use him to start a project, tempting though it might be. [​IMG]
     
  7. stephanie1992

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    he could be a bantam thats y hes runty..

    at 8 weeks and already getting red??

    id say cockrel
     
  8. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is a bantam. His hatch mates are, too. He's still 2/3 the size of the rest of them. ;)
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Here are a couple of head shots of my girls. They have the same body shape as yours too. They're LF though, so I don't know if that makes a difference. One has some patchy redder spots, but I'm pretty confident they're both girls. They also both have a pretty glossy sheen to their feathers when the sun hits them. I believe mine are about 6 weeks old now.
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