Hmmm cockerel or pullet and is this a black sexlink?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jandsloch, May 24, 2019.

  1. Jandsloch

    Jandsloch Songster

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  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    I would say it is a black sex link, so that means it is a pullet. the males would be getting their barring in now. The comb just seems to be a bit red for a pullet but imo nothing to be worried about.
     
  3. Roo5

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    Not a Black sexlink,young chicks are all black till feathering around neck comes in, it’s a pullet.
     
  4. Gray Farms

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    Looks like a Black Sexlink pullet to me.
     
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    Jandsloch Songster

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    Thanks folks! Making me feel a bit better lol I was just concerned of the red already my other girls much older aren’t red or have the wattles underneath yet just the boys. I told my sister I can’t eat her I may hepave to get more hens if it turns out to be a cockerel lmbo
     
  6. Gray Farms

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    Sexlinks are bred to mature fast and start laying young. So that's why the combs develop early. Combs can flush red/pink for many reasons.
     
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    Jandsloch Songster

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    That’s great she has been bigger then the br pullets and I wondered if the red was her maturing faster. My 2mo. Old chick just started getting pink (aside from the cockerels) at what age around do the black sexlink begin laying? I know they all vary and I’m not finding much info on laying age for them
     
  8. Gray Farms

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    Typically Sexlinks will start laying around 4.5-5 months of age.
     
  9. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    I would say definitely a pullet, and I think she could be a black sex link :)
     
  10. Jandsloch

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    Thank you everyone....my fear of naming a pullet after my favorite sister and it turning out to be a cockerel has been lifted! (All our chicks r dual purpose so we intended on the Roos going in freezer) I seriously couldn’t imagine eating a chicken named after my sister! I named her bc she is much like my sister...black sheep, etc. a bird of her own feather....and my sis has red hair so the start of red around the face still makes it fitting hahaha
     
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