And just WHEN will I be able to tell if it's a HE or a SHE??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wsdareme, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    I have a 4 month old White Crested Black Polish. The poor bird has an identity crisis. We refer to it as a "he" sometimes, a "she" other times. We named it Einstein (anyone who knows what WCBPs look like can understand). It's "she" name is Phyllis Diller.

    I have read that it takes 5 to 10 months for the pullets to start laying, if they ever lay at all. Einstein has some cute little red wattles, but I would expect that at this age...? I also read that WCBP's personality is defined as "quirky". That is the truth. Einstein will run up to you and act like he's (she's ?) interested in your feet (which is probably the only part of you that it can see), and then jump back if you move them. I can't tell if that's typical bantam aggressive behavior, or just a bird that likes to come and see you. He/she has never crowed.

    The oddest thing is that all the other chickens have accepted Einstein without any blood being shed. There were a couple of feathers pulled out in the first two days, and since then they act like Einstein doesn't exist. I don't know if he/she has even established himself/herself in the pecking order. They simply ignore him/her.

    Can anyone share their "pearls of wisdom" about this adorable breed of bird and help me to know what I'm dealing with?
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I know when I got silkies, they didn't know what to think. They don't look like the other chickens, so they can't be a threat!
  3. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Can you post a pic ?
  4. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    Meet Einstein:


    He/she is 20 weeks old.
  5. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    Oh my goodness what a fitting name! What a beauty!
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Einstein is a pullet. The pullets have a round "do":


    The cockerels have the spiky, every direction at once do's:


    Such quirky, friendly little birds.

    ETA: My polish pullet Pearl is a sweetheart and is fascinated with my shoes. She follows me everywhere by keeping an eye on my shoes. She's had a few haircuts already and will be getting another one tonight.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  7. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    Sigh. Well, I guess we'll have to start calling her "Phyllis"....

    Thank you so much for your pictures!!!!!
  8. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chirping

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    I have a frizzle roo who is 4 months and week old and just two days ago we found out that HE is a roo!!! he started crowing at around 10 a.m. and hasnt stopped since! so you'll know when he starts crowing because we were positive that he was a girl until two days ago....good luck!

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