Besides Combs How do you tell.........

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CoyoteMagic, May 3, 2008.

  1. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    If your pullet is really a roo-llet? My last batch is a mix of different breeds. My Black Sexies were easy to figure out. Not so hard with my RIR's. The feathered fiends that I have now have all different size & types combs and some do and don't have waddles all ready even at 8 weeks old.

    Does anyone have a picture of the spurs on a roo? I'm trying to figure out where I'm suppose to be looking for these to develop. All I think I see on my feathers are toes, lol. But I don't know for sure, never had a roo.


    PS. No one has tried crowing yet. But I think Fudge Swirl is a Red Sexlink Roo.
    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You wont see those spurs till they're about 9 months old and you've known for ages the sex. Look at the legs. RIR cockerels have much thicker legs than the pullets.
  3. flip9109

    flip9109 Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    st paul mn
    the tail and hackle feathers are a giveaway sometimes
  4. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    I posted this a few days ago but it didn't get much interest. Here are some basics for telling pullets from roos, according to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program. I got this from their website.

    2. 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.

    These proved to be true so far with my chicks. Mine are almost 5 and 6 weeks old. Not sure how old your chicks are.

  5. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Quote:Did you find at even days old...some of this worked to tell the difference or did you have to wait a week or so????


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