Delaware Pullet or Roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by scubaj43, May 10, 2016.

  1. scubaj43

    scubaj43 New Egg

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    We have 5 Delaware chicks that were supposed to all be pullets, but I'm wondering if one is a rooster? Here's a pic of the one in question and then one of the bunch of them so you can see how different he/she looks. They are about 14 weeks I think. What do you think?



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  2. cmhalfpint

    cmhalfpint Out Of The Brooder

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    Check and see if they have starter spurs growing
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's kind of hard to see them, but I think there are some thin, pointed male saddle feathers coming in on the back. Plus, a pullet at that age would just barely be starting to pink up in the comb. He looks like he's been really red for a while now.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    All chicks have spur buds, both male and female. Actual spurs don't usually begin to develop until after 6 months of age. And some roosters never grow spurs. And some hens do go spurs. It's not a reliable indicator of gender.
     
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  5. scubaj43

    scubaj43 New Egg

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    He has been red for awhile now. The other chicks that hatched at the same time aren't red at all yet, just slightly pink. This "guy" is also bigger by a few inches and also has more of the black (smut?) in his feathers, but I'm not sure if that means anything. These are our first Delawares.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's a cockerel.

    One of our Delaware breeders says the males have more smut along the back as juveniles, and the males have barred (striped) tail feathers while the females have solid black tail feathers.

    Plus, that comb and the saddle feathers coming in, no matter the breed.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    He's a boy alright
     
  8. scubaj43

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    Thanks. I how he fits in well with our flock. We already have too many roosters. Eep!
     

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