EE? @7w - cockerel or pullet?

cityeggs

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I'm curious what your thoughts are for whether the gray and white chick is pullet or cockerel. It's hard for me to tell since we have 4 chicks - all different breeds (EE/A?, GLW, Red sex-linked, Australorp) and I'm new to all of this. Body shape and size, this one has always been very different (though, until recently, the GLW was keeping up body-size wise). It's hard to capture in the photos, but this one's head and neck are twice as wide as the other 3 (none of them particularly small breeds!), and legs have always been twice as thick (though i have read other descriptions of EE chicks with thick legs still being pullets). I was feeling better about thinking we may actually have 4 pullets after seeing rounded neck feathers on all 4, but realized that most sources say not to look at neck feathering until closer to 3 mo.

Also, I'm assuming that I should be referring to this chick as an EE, and not an Ameraucana, as it was advertised - is that correct? I looked at the articles here, and this chick initially seemed to check most of the boxes for Ameraucana - gray legs, pink feet as a chick (though some sources say white? I haven't checked recently to see if this has changed - I try to avoid those feet at all costs!), muff and beard (just starting coming in), couldn't tell comb initially but maybe someone else can tell by now, and the one I really wasn't sure of was color. Generally, chicken color names still confuse me (as do the comb types), and I haven't checked back at the standard Ameraucana colors since feathering out more - my guess is that this is not a standard Ameraucana color, so then EE?
 

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Little Baby Bean

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I'm curious what your thoughts are for whether the gray and white chick is pullet or cockerel. It's hard for me to tell since we have 4 chicks - all different breeds (EE/A?, GLW, Red sex-linked, Australorp) and I'm new to all of this. Body shape and size, this one has always been very different (though, until recently, the GLW was keeping up body-size wise). It's hard to capture in the photos, but this one's head and neck are twice as wide as the other 3 (none of them particularly small breeds!), and legs have always been twice as thick (though i have read other descriptions of EE chicks with thick legs still being pullets). I was feeling better about thinking we may actually have 4 pullets after seeing rounded neck feathers on all 4, but realized that most sources say not to look at neck feathering until closer to 3 mo.

Also, I'm assuming that I should be referring to this chick as an EE, and not an Ameraucana, as it was advertised - is that correct? I looked at the articles here, and this chick initially seemed to check most of the boxes for Ameraucana - gray legs, pink feet as a chick (though some sources say white? I haven't checked recently to see if this has changed - I try to avoid those feet at all costs!), muff and beard (just starting coming in), couldn't tell comb initially but maybe someone else can tell by now, and the one I really wasn't sure of was color. Generally, chicken color names still confuse me (as do the comb types), and I haven't checked back at the standard Ameraucana colors since feathering out more - my guess is that this is not a standard Ameraucana color, so then EE?
EE cockerel.
 

cityeggs

In the Brooder
Oct 25, 2021
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Bay Area, CA
Yeah, I agree, EE cockerel. The comb is getting a pretty good red color for the age. He looks to have a pea comb which is also an Ameraucana trait, but the coloring is not correct and the legs look to have a green gray color which is common in EEs. He’s gonna be really handsome though!!
Thanks for the explanation. I kept thinking the legs were just dirty and that's why the greenish tint, but now that you point it out, that doesn't really make sense 😆.
 

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