Gender???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by papa toot, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. papa toot

    papa toot Just Hatched

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    [​IMG] would like to know if this is male or female... 9 weeks old.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's a cockerel.
     
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    X2--- nice looking bird you have there!
     
  4. papa toot

    papa toot Just Hatched

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    Oh nice, was suppose to be sexed... Thank you
     
  5. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know how you feel.
    I got a surprise cockerel this year as well.
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  6. papa toot

    papa toot Just Hatched

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    how can you tell???
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree you have a cockerel.

    First indicator is the comb. A pullet (female chicken) of this age won't have that large or red of a comb yet. Females don't get large red combs until they're ready to lay, around 5ish months. That's universal to pretty much any breed.

    Second is unique to barred birds. Due to the sex-linked nature of the barring gene, males get two copies while females only get one. A black barred bird is genetically black, and the barring gives those white bars or stripes of color over the black base. Hens get only one copy of the gene, so they have smaller bars of white. That makes them look darker overall. Males get two copies of the gene, so they have twice as much white as females. This gives them a much lighter overall appearance.
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    cockerel
     

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