Do I seriously have 8 cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tesumph, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Tesumph

    Tesumph Crossing the Road

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    Alright y’all. This is driving me insane.
    Ordered 8 sexed pullets from Ideal poultry. 9 arrived, one died, so in a theoretical perfect world I should have 7 pullets and 1 cockerel packing peanut. Yea right.

    They are about 4.5 weeks old now, 5 weeks on Wednesday. I know that’s young, I will be updating this thread. (I’ve also got baby photos if wanted)
    Sorry for the blurry pics, I thought these were in focus but they were all wound up and being nuts.

    3 buff orpingtons. I have a hard time telling them apart; one is bigger and has a larger comb, and one is much smaller with a slightly tinier comb. The third is inbetween and always confuses me.
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    Two barred rocks. They are identical in combs and size.
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    One welsummer. S/he is definitely a favorite, these wattles have me panicking.
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    One pure white EE. S/he’s really grown on me.
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    And one “chipmunk” EE. We mutually hate each other, this is the only one who I wouldn’t care if it was a boy. Almost broke my neck trying to catch this little snot.
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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I know that in warmer climates chickens will develop large combs and wattles. This may very well be the case for you. The only ones who might be cockerels are the Welsummer and the last Easter Egger.
     
  3. Tesumph

    Tesumph Crossing the Road

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    That’s what I was wondering. These babies have been outside since day one, with highs in the 95-100 range and heat index higher. They’ve acclimated perectly but could that pinken a comb faster?
     
  4. Chick-N-Fun

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    The only one that I think is a definite cockerel is your Welsummer. I would wait a couple of weeks....easier said than done, I know! :he:barnie:gig
     
  5. Tesumph

    Tesumph Crossing the Road

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    Also, what about the comb on that buff orp? And what makes you think cockerel on the brown EE vs the white EE?
     
  6. Brahma Chicken5000

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    The red patches on the Easter Egger’s wings are indicative of a male.
     
  7. Tesumph

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    The struggle is real! I swore to myself I would stop thinking about it until they were 6 weeks. LOL.

    I was told the welsummer was 100% a pullet based on her distinct eyeliner and chipmunk coloring as a chick. So confused.
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  8. Tesumph

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    That’s what I thought, but then I also read that a red breast meant female and the red patches on the wings wouldn’t come in until later.
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  9. Brahma Chicken5000

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    The Welsummer has skinny legs like a pullet.
     
  10. Brahma Chicken5000

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    A female would have a more orange colored breast.
     

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