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Chick with big comb. Unsure sex...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by zoes881, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. zoes881

    zoes881 Just Hatched

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    Hey everyone. I've heard a lot of discussion on chickens with big combs but still being a hen. My chick Cashew is a Rhode Island Red and is 6 weeks old. She has a big comb for a chick. I have heard discussion on people saying that it's a pullet because the comb doesn't go farther down the head and people saying that it's a rooster because the comb is big. People are saying that it's a pullet because their chicks had big combs like mine but ended up being hens. We got her from a feed store saying That they were 90% sure that they were all girls. I'm hoping that Cashew is a pullet because otherwise we would have to give her away. Please be kind and say what you think and such. Here is a picture below.... [​IMG]
     
  2. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like you have a cockerel there :(
     
  3. zoes881

    zoes881 Just Hatched

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    @DuckGirl77 How do you know?
     
  4. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The comb is large and has some red on it.
     
  5. zoes881

    zoes881 Just Hatched

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    Isn't it red from blood vessels? @DuckGirl77
     
  6. widelacing

    widelacing Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like my luck, too. Always getting males I don't want.
     
  7. zoes881

    zoes881 Just Hatched

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    @widelacing so does this look like a cockerel? If so why, I want to gather as much info as I can.
     
  8. zoes881

    zoes881 Just Hatched

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    A lot of people are saying that Cashew is a hen. Which is what I'm hoping for.
     
  9. MySweetChickens

    MySweetChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    usually a hens comb is much smaller and not nearly as red at such a young age i am fairly certain most hen combs don't redden until they are near or are laying eggs also i have heard though I don't know if its confirmed that cockerels develop feathers slower and therefore look more "bare". Lastly although I am not sure it seems like his neck feathers are more pointy than rounded leading to cockerel as well but overall that comb is a big red flag saying boy
     
  10. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I don't know why it turns red, but if it turns red at this age, it's a cockerel. In addition - I don't know if this is always true, but it's something I've noticed - the comb is larger on the back. I've also never seen a 6 week old pullet with a comb that size.
     

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