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Are they cockerels or do Wyandotte's develop wattles quicker then other breeds? LOTS of pictures!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by farlo4, May 28, 2014.

  1. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to figure out what is going on with my SLWs. I got one from a store where all the birds are sexed before so it is a 98% chance that you get a pullet. Now at 3 weeks of age, I am pretty sure that it's a cockerel because it's got a red comb and red wattles coming it. I already have a roo so I can't keep a cockerel. So I went back to the store and got another one. This one is probably 2 weeks old, and it's getting wattles in too! Although they aren't as red, but again she is younger. I have other 4 week old chicks (of other breeds) and none have noticeable wattles. Anyways, now I'm wondering if it is common in Wyandottes to develop wattles faster? I had a 2% chance of getting a cockerel. Did I really get THAT unlucky and end up with two? Ugh I'm so annoyed. >.<


    Here's the two week old:

    1. comb view

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    2. Wattle on side view


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    3. Closer wattle view (sorry blurry)

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    4. I know some people like to see the back feathers so here you go

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    5. Finally the whole bird

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    Here's the three week old that I thought is a cockerel only now I'm not sure.


    1. Close up wattle view


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    2. Regular wattle view

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    3. Comb view

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    4. Back feather view (he's been learning the pecking order, so I don't know how much this will help... he's missing quite a few.)

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    5. And the whole bird

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    Let me know what you think - thanks!
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2014
  2. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one?
     
  3. Honora

    Honora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have much chicken experience, but my GLW chicks will be 5 weeks tomorrow. Their wattles look like the first chick, not as red as the one on the bottom.
     
  4. acemario

    acemario Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry. No help here. I have a slw, and her comb and wattles aren't nearly as red. She is going on 3 months. Try the silver laced Wyandotte thread.
     
  5. Cyan Night

    Cyan Night Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that wyandottes can be hard to sex as the females sometimes get wattles early on. I'm in the same boat as you right now with determining the sex of my BLRW. I thought she was a girl at first, but I noticed she has red on the shoulders and thick legs. No comb or wattle growth though. She's five weeks, so I guess it's just a waiting game for us
     
  6. PeakyBeaky

    PeakyBeaky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatchery birds are harder to sex. I'd wait a bit to see what happens.
     
  7. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks guys.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Its a little young to tell for sure.
     
  9. portagee

    portagee Out Of The Brooder

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    What was the outcome
     
  10. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both hens
     
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