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Gender?? - 12 weeks LIGHT Sussex

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HarrisonCreek, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm really worried that out of 24 eggs, and 9 surviving chicks (first time hatch), that we might only have 3 hens.
    Of the 3 Light Sussex, One is clearly male, one is clearly female, and this one is a wonder. VERY WELL developed - always big an "motherly" since the beginning. Her name is Butterball. Wattles/comb are between the other two. Tail has been big early on, now with green in the black (is that a roo sign??)

    Sweet chook - I'm hoping she's a she!

    This phot is 11 weeks:
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    The BOY and the GIRL. The one in question is preening in the foreground
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    Here is the face:
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Your unknown bird is a cockerel.
     
  3. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree.
     
  4. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x3
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Cockerel. That's way too much comb at this age for a pullet.
     
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Another vote for rooster.
     
  7. The Colonel

    The Colonel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X6 way too much comb and waddles at this age. Also very red. If you notice your pullet is almost non-existent and is barely pink. He is developing slower than your other cockerel, but as you can see the hackle feathers come to a point, whereas a pullets will be rounded. Also the saddle feathers are starting to make themselves prominent at this point, as they get longer it will be easier to see the similarities between the two.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2014
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Rooster.
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Yes rooster
     
  10. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies, everyone. I was hoping with the big tail early on, it would be a she. The tail was always big, whereas the Big Boy's tail still hasn't started growing. So confusing!
     

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