Cockerels? (3 weeks old)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by curious chickee, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    These are two out of the three Ameracaunas (EE) pullets I got from belt hatchery at the feed store. The feed store said they would replace or refund if they are cockerels since there was some craziness on the day picked them up. Some boxes were not labeled others were just mixed together. So these have me thinking they are cockerels but I would value your opinion. Both are single comb (no pink), no tail feathers, and some red patches on wings. They walk and act more like cockerels. (my 3rd chick which is typical pullet coloring, long tail feathers, and peac comb.). I don't plan on keeping them if they are cockerels because of the single comb

    Chick #1

    Chick #2
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Actually, they don't appear to be EEs at all. Even though technically Easter Egger is really a loose term to describe any mixed breed that lays a colored egg, hatcheries have sort of standardized them. Hatchery quality EEs will have a pea comb and usually (not always) have dark colored legs. Some people say chicks look like little chipmunks. These look like something more along the lines of a production red. It still may be a bit early to tell gender for sure, but I don't see any alarming signs of a cockerel.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2015
  3. Hatching

    Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2014
    Those aren't EE's. Even though hatchery birds are far from real ameracaunas they are would have a pea comb. Like the other post suggested, they look like production reds. It's still very early to be sure but I'm not seeing any signs of a cockerel yet.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2015
  4. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they are RIR as belt calls them then that would explain all the red feathers. I just assumed they were a different color since they had dark stripes. Hope they are hens as the big comb and no tail feathers was making me nervous.
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    They look like pullets (and no, they are not EEs, maybe a Pruoduction red or a hatchery RIR)
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I don't see any definite rooster signs. However, they do appear to have rather thick legs and a tall stance, so could still be cockerels.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013

    They are Production Reds/Rhode Island reds, not Easter Eggers.

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