California Grey

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MotherHen75, May 26, 2019.

  1. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Songster

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    This chick i got as a pullet at TSC. It doesn’t really look like a girl... It’s almost 6 weeks, is it possible they mistaken? Or just a really masculine looking girl :lol:
     

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  2. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

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    That’s a really big comb for six weeks!
     
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  3. Norcal527

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    That's a boy. I got a California Gray "pullet" from the feed store this year too. Hes 8 weeks old and crowing already lol
     
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  4. MotherHen75

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    Sounds like i need to get a refund
     
  5. chkva

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    Does TSC give refunds if you get a Cockerel when it was supposed to be a Pullet?
     
  6. MotherHen75

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    Probably not, but i’ll need to find a home for him!
     
  7. MotherHen75

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    I guess it’s possible it could be a girl, i have a hen that has a big comb, she’s very sweet though and lays good eggs
     

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  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    It is important to always consider the age of a bird relative to the physical characteristics that you're assessing. While your hen would be expected to have a comb that size and color, a bird of this reported age with this much comb and color is definitely a cockerel. Pullets do not develop size and coloration of their comb and wattles until much later.
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    In breeds e that must be vent sexed, such as this, there is to be expected a 10 to 15% "error" rate in the sexing. It is not as simple as one might think in doing the sexing… there are over 20 possible configurations of the internal organs of a chick when one is looking at them, and many are very similar between the two sexes. For this reason, refunds are generally not offered as it is a known "risk" of non sex linked hybrids or auto sexing breeds where are can be definitively determined at hatch.
    This is what a sexer is looking at. ...on a vent the size of a newly hatched chick, and examining multiple birds a minute.. .frankly amazing they get it right 85-90% of the time
    Left Cockerel Right Pullet.jpg
     
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  10. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    I have to say I think it's a cockerel as well :hmm
     
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