Icelandics - Pullet or Cockerel?

Farmers Wifey

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
4
0
7
Hi all, first time raising chickens for me and my hubby. Wow they are fun! We are trying to determine which ones are pullets and which are cockerels. Opinions?

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3)
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5 & 6
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Farmers Wifey

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
4
0
7
5 & 6 I'm pretty sure are pullets but 4 is really hard to say, what should I be looking for specifically?
 

Lady of McCamley

Free Ranging
10 Years
Mar 19, 2011
7,430
5,390
502
NW Oregon
I agree 1, 2 and 3 are roosters and the rest pullets.

At this age/stage, you are looking for size and redness of the comb. Roosters get redder and larger combs faster, often showing by 6 weeks of age (some showing by 3 weeks of age in some breeds). The pullets combs will remain smaller and most importantly yellow until they reach point of laying, then their combs will grow in size and get red but never as large as the roosters, who by then have completely upstaged the hens in the "comb category" and have added saddles and sickle feathers.

Nice flock.

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Lady of McCamley
 
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