I'm hoping there is a bit of a poultry genetics enthusiast on this board to help me with a question. I think I may have purchased a male auracauna mutt/easter egger whichever term you prefer. The bird has a speckled black/white/red/brown/gold a little bit o' everthing in here! No real tail feathers to speak of, which is why I'm suspecting some of the parentage is auracauna. (Please forgive my spelling if it's incorrect.) The bird is now 10 weeks or so, a bit of comb growing, looks pink with a "row of 3" showing. My questions are this: Is the presence of red in the coloring faintly reliable in sexing an easter egger? Folks on the "Breed/Gender" Forum seem to believe so emphatically that I have to wonder if this isn't folklore, but something more factual. A friend of mine was quick to point out, if you don't know the parents, then it's possible to inherit red on a female. Then I began to wonder, perhaps it's like orange tabby in cats, the likelihood of an orange tabby female is quite small. So is there any credence to the "red is a roo" camp of thought in easter eggers? How about the "3 in a row, it's gonna crow" rule with regard to the comb? I would post pictures, but it's darn near impossible to get a picture of this bird! It's quick!!! Thanks for your input!