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Coronation Sussex. Roo or Pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Faraday40, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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    10.5 weeks and I'm still not sure. Comb & wattles look red, but the comb is rather small.
    Any predictions?
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  2. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooo... That's a tough one. I'd say it's a late blooming cockerel.
     
  3. Beer can

    Beer can Overrun With Chickens

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    Where did you get it? I've heard Coronation Sussex are rather rare. Supper rare.
     
  4. Kukelekuu

    Kukelekuu Out Of The Brooder

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    From the redness and pronounced wattles I would say cockerel? It is hard to tell on this one.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you're sure of the age, I'm saying cockerel. Way too red in the face at that age to be a pullet, IMO.
     
  6. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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    Roo has been my guess, but I was really hoping for a pullet. I had 8 CS embryos alive on day 18, but this was the only shipped egg that hatched. Every air cell was completely detached when they arrived.

    What age should I expect to see hackle & saddle feathers?
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Usually, you'll see the beginning of those around 12-14 weeks of age. Even before they become long enough to see, you can part the back feathers and see shiny, skinny ones emerging from mid-back if it's a cockerel.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Agree it's a cockerel. Not matter the smallish size of the comb, that's too much redness for a female.

    My boys get sex feathers around 12 ish weeks at the low end of the age range. I've got an Ameraucana boy who waited until close to 5 months to blossom.
     
  9. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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    Just to let everyone know how it turned out......
    Here's my hen, "Hope." She's HUGE. it took 8 mo for her to lay her 1st egg.
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    We had a lav orpington roo & decided to hatch some of Hope's eggs.
    Here are her 2 pullets. They look like lav orps.
    This is Sweetie. She has Hope's round, fluffy, XL body.
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    This is Nemo, my son's fav. She enjoys playing on the swingset & hanging out in the treehouse.

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    Nemo a few months ago.
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    All of Hope's chicks were solid lavender. None had a collar. Does anyone know if I pair the mixes with a diff orp roo, will I ever see the Sussex collar or is that a recessive trait?
    (I don't really know much about genetics. )
     
  10. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, so cute! [​IMG]
     

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