Could my pullet be a cockerel?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WinWolfz, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. WinWolfz

    WinWolfz Hatching

    Jun 1, 2012
    Vancouver, WA
    Bought 4 EE chicks at the feed store about a month ago, all from the pullet bin. However one of my "pullets" seems to be a bit different from the others. They don't have secondary sex features yet (such as combs or waddles, or those nice easy to distinguish feathers), so it's hard for me to determine if this one girl is really that. She's definitely pack leader, and a lot more aggressive toward the other chicks, but I don't know if that's just her being queen, or if she is really a king. Am I just overthinking this? (It is my first foray into chickens on my own).

    Here are some pics of Miss? Jennifer Anist-hen.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]Group shot with Jenny in front.

    And just wanted to say, since I've been lurking on this site even before I got the coop and the chickens, you guys rock!
  2. americanvalkyrie

    americanvalkyrie Songster

    Nov 20, 2011
    Reno, NV
    The first indications I've ever gotten that my cockerels were boys was the aggressive behavior. Second was the size of the legs. Are his/her legs larger in comparison to the others? Neither of these are absolute indicators, but for me they've been pretty accurate.

  3. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Songster

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    Reddish patches on the wings often indicate roo. Right now I would say they are a bit young to say with absolute certainty, but those brighter patches on the wing do raise some questions about gender. I would wait a few more weeks and post pictures again just to be sure. =)
  4. WinWolfz

    WinWolfz Hatching

    Jun 1, 2012
    Vancouver, WA
    Thanks for the help so far.

    His/her legs are about the same size as everyone else. The biggest indicators to me have been the reddish markings, the aggressive behavior, and the slightly different tail. Jenny was the last to get tail feathers, but they seem skinnier and not as filled out as a hen's would look, whereas the other girls are getting that sort of triangular pattern hens get. I hope Jenny is just trying to fool us all, because otherwise my sweet (to me) chick goes to the cooking pot!

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