Cockerel or pullet?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lonna, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. lonna

    lonna Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 1, 2013
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Any tips on identifying a rooster vs hen at 8-12 weeks.... We have a big mix of chickens- some giant and some bantams...any suggestions, or should I wait till they crow?
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    In many production oriented breeds, hatchery large fowl, single combed, the males will show wattles and red combs at 6 weeks, while the females will remain pale yellow/tan and no growth. Normally the females do not sprout their large combs and wattles until they are approaching sexual maturity, somewhere around 15 weeks on average.

    Sometimes, on the cockerels, their thicker legs give them a more stout appearance, stance, and gangly gait. Post a few photos of those that confuse you.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

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