Is it a he or a she?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by asteppa, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. asteppa

    asteppa Out Of The Brooder

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    We are still pretty new to raising chickens. We bought our first 4 babies in April and 3 of them ended up being cockerels (we only want hens). We then had one lonely chicken and 3 new babies. Now those new babies are almost 4 months old. Our oldest hen is almost 6 months old and is a Dorking. Two of the younger ones are Rhode Island Reds. We are pretty positive those are both Pullets. Our Silver Laced Wyandotte is making us wonder though. "She" is sounding like a goose these days. We really hope we
    did not end up with another cockerel. What do you all think?



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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    With wattles and comb that red, and wattles that developed, if the Silver Laced Wyandotte in your pic is only 4 months old, it is a male.
     
  3. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Wyand/BRKWyand.htm If you scroll down you will see photos of a Silver laced Wyandotte cockerel, at four months your young chicken should be well on its way in developing this male coloring. It has not and is a female coloring for this variety. A four month old male's comb and wattle would be more developed than that bird also.[​IMG]
     
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  4. asteppa

    asteppa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the reply. I could not get your link to work, but I think I still found the site. I do not see the 4 month old cockerel, but I see a pullet. I may be looking in a different spot.

    I redid my math and "she" is actually only 3 months and 1 week old. Do you still think it is a she?
     
  5. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After I posted the link I checked it and saw it wasn't working. The pictures do not say four month old cockerel it just says cockerel. That is why I posted a photo of the cockerel. Usually male adult plumage starts showing by about four to six weeks. So yes I feel confident it is a pullet even at three months and one week old.
     
  6. asteppa

    asteppa Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, because we are quite fond of her and don't want to have to give her away. Her voice is very goose like. Is this common? I could not find anything anywhere that talks about their voices. Hers is much deeper then our other pullets at the same age.
     
  7. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do no know about her voice issue. If I heard it might know, but I might not. I hope she is just odd and not unwell.
     

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