Abigail or Abbott???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BungalowBill, May 12, 2009.

  1. BungalowBill

    BungalowBill New Egg

    May 12, 2009
    Hello All,
    We have three chickens that are 7 weeks old. We have one Americana (Abigail), a Rhode Island red (Lucille) and a plymouth (Greta). We noticed some interesting behavior in the Americana; to be frank, she is a jerk to the other two. Abigail is often seen jumping on Lucille's head and will peck at the others beaks too. She is also the most difficult to catch out of all our chicks. In short, we are beginning to question her sex..is Abigail in fact a Rooster...Abbott? We are unsure at this point, she does have quite large tail feather which we have read are quite common for this breed, however the tail feathers are beginning to show small streaks of blue and purple. Her comb is only just starting to come through and it doesn't look that pronounced yet. Please help us decipher this conundrum! See photo below:

    Many Thanks,

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    He/she looks just like my EE roo. A closeup of the comb from the side and above would help a lot. Are they from a hatchery?
  3. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Coloring looks rooish but feathering looks pullet. Since her comb is small as well I'd guess pullet. If her comb is still small and pinkish at 9 weeks, probably a pullet.
  4. BungalowBill

    BungalowBill New Egg

    May 12, 2009
    here is a close up photo of Abigail's head.
    Thanks for your help guys!
  5. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    central MN
    for 7 weeks she is still looking like a pullet. She might just be the boss lady of the flock?? I am no expert but I would think you might see more pink by now???
  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] I have a 9 week old EE who is supposed to be a pullet (I paid for a pullet) but I question *her* gender every day.

    Abigail is gorgeous! [​IMG] that she is in fact a she. [​IMG]
  7. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I would guess roo.

    My EE girls have skinnier combs, not as bumpy or red. The tail feathers look like they are starting to curl and the feathers at the base of the tail are parting to the sides. My girls have shorter, rounded tail feathers that make an upside down V or U. I also never get girls that are that pretty. Soon as I notice them feathering out anything but brown, black or tan, I assume they will be boys. Its not always true, but more often than not.

    Hope I am completely wrong and your beautiful EE turns out to be a girlie [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  8. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I would say pullet because the comb is small and not really red. My EE last year at that age had a really red comb. My suspected EE roo this year has a red comb as well and he/she is 9 weeks old.

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