Can someone help me figure out if this Amber Link is a male or female?

FeatherMeadow

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My boys picked her up with another Amber Link pullet probably around the end of February so she's about 8 weeks old. I've read that I should be able to tell by now but because I have no prior experience I'm clueless. The only reasons I'm starting to question it is because none of the other chicks that we got at the same time has a comb as large as hers, the other Amber Link girl is all white & much smaller with no comb growth yet and I believe that it is this one that I hear crowing when they are alone in the coop. It's not very loud or frequent & I heard that females will do that too. Any ideas?
 

FeatherMeadow

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Sorry- just noticed this should have been put under a different thread! Gotta excuse the newbie
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donrae

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You're not clueless! You picked up on the larger comb and the crowing, those are boy signs. Your hens will get a comb like that...eventually....about 4-5 months old when they get ready to lay. That much comb this young is always rooster sign. So is crowing in a young bird. Hens can crow, but it's older, dominant hens that do so. Young pullets just don't.
 

FeatherMeadow

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Thank you both so much for the info, I had a feeling "he" was! He is just the sweetest thing though. I didn't plan on getting a roo, but since I did I'm glad it's him! And Fred's Hens, thanks for moving my thread for me. I tried but just couldn't figure it out. Thanks again!
 

fogandcopper

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If a hen crows it is because she is a hermaphodite or genatomorphic. this can show up any time. another way you can tell a rooster and hen a little later in life is roosters will grow spurs while hens won't.
 

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If a hen crows it is because she is a hermaphodite or genatomorphic. this can show up any time. another way you can tell a rooster and hen a little later in life is roosters will grow spurs while hens won't.
Hormonally normal, laying hens can start to crow as a dominance thing. And in some breeds, the hens can have wicked spurs. Lots of hens get spur nubs as chicks, also, so that's not really reliable.

That comb, however, is all boy.
 

hdowden

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you can tell its a cockerel other than just the comb the coloring on the wings is a sign of a cockerel. and the hackles are also slender and pointed which is an indication of a cockerel and also a sign that the chick is about 15-16 weeks of age not 8
 

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