Are my 6 week old Easter Eggers all roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by shela, May 22, 2008.

  1. shela

    shela Hatching

    Feb 26, 2008
    Please help us determine what these are:

    This is George. He does not have any ridges yet, but his comb area is turning red. George is also the one that feathered slowest.

    This is Ann. It only has the single ridge.

    This is Luigi. It's comb is also just a single ridge, but prominent.

    This is Snickers. No ridges yet.

    This is Nightingale. It seems to possibly have three rows of ridges, but I couldn't get a straight on head shot at the time.
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    They are all looking like males to me at this point. Number 1 and 4 could possibly be females, it just depends on what they are crossed to.

    It's odd that there is no shape to the comb on them. It looks just flat on both.
  3. greysandy

    greysandy In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    My EE roo has 3 ridges in his comb also. He started to crow at 5 weeks, so you may know sooner than you think.
  4. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    My two EE's just started looking like the first pic, they are 6 weeks old. Pink combs no ridges. I'm pretty sure they are girls. My Barred Rocks developed the same pink at 6 weeks and are now 9 weeks and definitely girls.
  5. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    Ann may be a girl...but the rest are puzzling. I was under the impression that if the combs and wattles start to turn pink or red before they are about to lay eggs, they are males. I have 4 Golden Comets that are 7 weeks old and they are starting to get some pink-red coloring in their combs and wattles. I was freaking out because of all I'd heard and read about red meaning males at that age and wondering what the heck I had. Also my EE chicks are 8 weeks old and they are beginning to get some red in their combs. I was sure I had a coop full of males, even tho I had sex-link chicks that were the right color! Altho everything else I've seen points to the fact that they are females.

    Then I recently got the book "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow. I'm not so worried now because it says..."At 3 to 8 weeks of age, depending on their breed, chicks start developing reddened combs and wattles." She doesn't just say MALES...she says CHICKS. So apparently they CAN get some red in their combs at a young age and still be a female! Ms. Damerow continues to say ..."The cockerels' comb and wattles will become larger and more brightly colored than the pullets'."

    So maybe you should consider that. Another helpful thing for me was the UC Davis list of gender comparisons to use when trying to tell the gender of chicks 4-6 wks old that helped me decide for sure who was who...altho, I'm still not 100% positive. [​IMG] And probably won't be for another 12-14 weeks until they lay an egg! [​IMG] Whew, that's a long way off! [​IMG]

    Here's the list of feathering comparisons..maybe this will help you.

    Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
    e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.
  6. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Looks like you'll have a little crowing band soon [​IMG]

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