Gender of 12 weeks leghorns

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mattia, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Mattia

    Mattia Chirping

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    Hello I was wondering if someone could please tell or help me to identify the gender of these 2 leghorn please? The white one has a larger comb but is smaller the black one has a smaller comb but is bigger and the feathers of the black one seems to be quite round but he looks a bit different from the rest of the flock, thank you xx
     

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  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    At age three months, cockerels will be sporting red and quite prominent head gear while pullets at that age will still have inconspicuous combs of a very pale hue which remains pale until right before onset of laying.

    I'd say both those birds are male. Look carefully at the tail feathers emerging. If you see the beginnings of curved sickle feathers, that will seal the bargain.
     
  3. OkieChickenGal

    OkieChickenGal Songster

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    The white is a cockerel. The black looks like it could go either way. Are there any saddle feathers coming in on the black?
     
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  4. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    Never seen a black leghorn before. White is roo also not sure on the black.
     
  5. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    They both look like cockerels. Do you hear any attempts at crowing? It sound very funny at first
     
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  6. Mattia

    Mattia Chirping

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    No but the black one seems to make a lot of noises all day long, is that an indication?
     
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  7. puffypoo

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    They both look like males to me.
     
  8. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    It very well could! Crowing is often like a weird cough or wheezing noise at that age. I often think I have a sick chick and then realize what the noise is
     
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    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    To add, Cockerels and rooster do crow all day long--not just in the morning
     
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  10. Compost King

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    I have only had Leghorn Hens so I can't tell you what they are but I do know that people who have never spent time with Leghorns tend to mistake the hens for roosters based on their Waddles and Combs. My mother even tried to telling me I had all Roosters as she was eating the eggs that those "roosters" laid lol.
     

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