Cockerel or Pullet - Please help

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Momplus1, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Momplus1

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    Hi friends! I'm hoping for some help in sexing my 2 Wyandotte's (SLW). They'll be 5 weeks old tomorrow. One of them was ordered from Cackle Hatchery as a pullet (in a group of 3 - one of 3 different breeds) and one of them was an extra (free) chick included in the order. Just as a side note, in case you're not familiar with my many postings, I ordered a group of 3 pullets (1 Barred Rock, 1 Buff Orpington and 1 SLWyandotte) and received 2 of each breed. We've already figured out that one of the BO's is a cockerel (he is the bully chick I've posted about), so I'm concerned about the Wyandotte's. I am confident that both Barred Rocks are pullets because I have a BR Cockerel that I'm rehoming and they have the classic BR Pullet characteristics. I'm not at all familiar with the pullet/cockerel characteristics in SLW, so I'm hoping you can help. One of them is the smallest of all of my chicks & I'm pretty certain this chick is at the bottom of the pecking order, so I do take this one out and feed it boiled egg every few days and that's made quite a difference in the bird. I'll post the pick of this one first. It's been named Izzy. The tail feathers are much less than the other SLW and it's smaller. It's also much darker than the other one. 20190715_204416.jpg 20190715_204157.jpg

    The other SLW has quite a lot more white feathers and is comparable in size to my Barred Rock Pullets. It has a deformed toe (1 foot is MUCH more noticeable than the very slight deformity in the other foot). This one is named "Fashion" (because I read that Wyandottes are like fashion models) 20190715_205540.jpg 20190715_205552.jpg
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  2. Momplus1

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    Hoping for Pullets, but if not, I'd like to start preparing for rehoming a cockerel/s
     
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  4. Momplus1

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and reply to it. I sincerely appreciate your time and help. I am elated to hear that you believe they're both pullets! Also, I am grateful that you took the time to help me learn what to look for. Thank you so much :celebrate
     
  5. chrissynemetz

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    I agree, I'm thinking both are pullets. :)
     
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    Thank you so much for helping. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my post and share your thoughts :woot:ya
     
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    @azygous, do you agree? Just wanted to ask you because you've always been so helpful anytime I've posted pictures asking for help.
     
  8. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Yes, I believe both are pullets. SLW pullets feathers are duller in contrast than cockerels. If you had cockerels, they would be a much more vivid high contrast black and white. You would also see much redder combs on any cockerels at five weeks and beginnings of wattles. Pullets combs and wattles develop much more slowly.
     

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