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Is it safe to call this 12 week old Polish a GIRL?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by FaithWalkFarms, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. FaithWalkFarms

    FaithWalkFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    12 weeks on Friday. No crowing and zero wattle/comb growth or coloration (my other polishof the same age started growing his bright red wattles/comb weeks ago).

    I am wanting to lean toward pullet but some of the feathers are throwing me off. Opinions?

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I'm actually thinking cockerel. Can we get a profile shot of the bird standing naturally? What I'm looking at are those brighter red feathers coming in, that's pretty much a male trait. Plus, the 'fro looks wild and irregular, a pullet is usually a smooth bouffant and this bird's looks more wild rocker.
     
  3. FaithWalkFarms

    FaithWalkFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, boo! I was hoping the zero wattle/comb growth meant girl.

    Here are two of him standing:

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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I can't see from those pics, sorry.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I can't see them well in the photos either - except that does look like a wild type crest - which could mean cockerel.
     
  6. FaithWalkFarms

    FaithWalkFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added a closer photo of him (gah) standing in the very first post -- that's the best I can get because Chase NEVER stops moving.
     
  7. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dark red feathers coming in and wild crest are all screaming cockledoodledoo!
     
  8. szczur

    szczur Out Of The Brooder

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    In the one photo of him/her being held, it looks like a telltale roo orange-red saddle feather starting to grow out from the girls arm. With the darker orange-red on the crest and saddle feathers I think it might be a cockerel. Depending on the hatchery, sometimes the girls really have a small "old-lady" crest compared to the males. If you know what the girls look like from his/her line you might be able to tell, or just give the bird a few more weeks. My roo looked like a girl for a long time but eventually he grew definite roo feathers:
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    (the saddle feathers overlapping the tip of the wing are very obvious in this pic)
    I heard a lot of polish mature slowly...mine was mating the hens long before he crowed
     

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