Another test for chicken experts: Pullet or Cockerel? (new8.5 wk pics)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nelli21, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. nelli21

    nelli21 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! I have a 7 and 1/2 week old chick. It has a larger comb/wattle that first appeared a week or so ago (much smaller then). But, it acts like a hen (pullet) as far as mannerisms. Low body set, no standing up tall like a cockerel.

    Some pictures are blurry because mommy is "Scaredy Cat" my most anti-human chicken and the baby has learned to be scared from her. Darn it. I was able to capture baby and hold baby for some up close pictures. Btw, mommy is a foster mommy. Daddy is Light Brahma roo and biological mom is probably RIR. The baby has been named "Darth" (yes, as in Darth Vader) by my 5 year old son.

    Here is a good pic of the nice comb and wattle (7.5 weeks old).
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    Note the way the legs hang down, so relaxed. Pullet? The thick legs. Cockerel?
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    Behavior out and about: pullet like. See stance in photo:
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    An up-close shot of the top of the comb:
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    I am driving my husband crazy with all my speculation. He thinks I am nuts. "Just wait- you'll know in a few weeks." He should know about my obsessive compulsiveness by now. We HAVE been married 13 years.

    Anyhoo- Let the voting BEGIN!!!!!

    Thanks,
    Nelli

    PS I have 7 hens (2 EE (the one with puffy cheeks lays the brown egg, the one without puffy cheeks lays the green egg), 1 buff orpington (our favorite!), 1 dark brahma (gorgeous!), 2 black austrolorps, 1 speckled sussex (pretty but disappointingly small eggs)) and baby hatched out by my persistently broody hen. She wanted to be a mommy SOOOOOO bad!
     
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  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Roo.

    I think a shot of the feathers in front of the tail would confirm it- are they round or skinny/pointy?
     
  3. nelli21

    nelli21 Out Of The Brooder

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    They look round to me (my hopeful & optimistic eye- we can't have a roo). I'll try and get a picture of the back feathers posted tomorrow.

    Thanks,
    Nelli
     
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Looks like a really pretty little roo to me.
     
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

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    Due to the redness of the comb/wattles and the pointy tail feathers I also say Roo.
     
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I believe I'll be voting roo on this one. [​IMG]
     
  7. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    It's possible- but it looks redder than a pullet ought to at this age. Sorry! I'll look for those pics tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Cockerel - the pointy feathers won't be there at this young age - I just sold my 12 1/2 week old LB cockerel and he still had rounded sickle feathers.

    Here's pics of him at 7 weeks - page 2 has pics of him at 9 weeks & of 11 weeks (when he started crowing). Your chick has a redder and larger comb with larger wattles than mine did at the same age.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=221896
     
  9. nelli21

    nelli21 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, I went out and got pictures of the back of the baby.

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    I don't see any saddle feathers. Is it too early for those? I thought those were the "pointy feathers" to look for. Are the pointy feathers to look for the tail feathers?

    Thanks!
     
  10. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    Cock-ah-doodle-roooo! [​IMG] Me Says!
     

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