Gender-challenged EE? Please advise!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by miniCOOPer, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. miniCOOPer

    miniCOOPer In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2009
    Here is an image of my 5 month old EE who very suddenly (within the last week) has started displaying rooster-like feathers and may have even been trying to crow this morning! This bird has been at or near the bottom of the pecking order in my small flock since I got it 3 months ago. Behind him/her can be seen my other EE who is now 6 months.

    Is this breed known to have pullets/hens who display some rooster-like qualities or do I just have a VERY late bloomer here??!

    When I first got this bird, it was fully feathered with a very nice long, straight tail and was by far the most friendly - would even jump into my lap to snuggle!

    The other roosters I had both had large wattles & combs and NO tails and were crowing at around 2-2.5 months.

    Anyone have any ideas/experience with this?? Please advise!

  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I'd say that's a roo based on the hackle feathers. Sometimes they are just late bloomers.
  3. damarisgw

    damarisgw Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Yup thats a rooster
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    That bird is a cockerel.
  5. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Songster

    It's an EE Roo.
    Keep in mind that EEs are mutts they aren't a true breed so they can have waddles, they may not have them. They usually have tails but some may not. They can have any type of a comb, any color feet, any color feathers etc. There is not breed standard for them because they are not a true breed.
    Very pretty blue boy all the same!
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    EE roos are generally hard to sex since they can have smaller combs and no wattles, so until they grow the roo feathers, they don't look much different than the pullets. That guy is definitely a roo based on his hackle and saddle feathers thoough. He is gorgeous! Some roos don't crow until later too. My Jersey Giant roo just started to crow and get his long tail at around 5 months old.
  7. kassy68

    kassy68 Songster

    May 10, 2009
    Vassar , Michigan
    My Coop
    I have an ameracauna cockerel thats 22 weeks this week.. he's had a distinctive comb since 8 weeks.. but has yet to crow, dine his ladies or try to take them to the bedroom.. His mate is also way behind.. she is still light pink in the peacomb.
  8. obe10

    obe10 Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    Irmo, South Carolina
    feathers like a roo, but features like a hen?

    it is a cockerel, maybe he is just not developed yet.

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