Is my 5-6 week old EE a cockerel or a pullet???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Anura, May 4, 2009.

  1. Anura

    Anura New Egg

    May 3, 2009
    Hi, I am somewhat of a chicken newby (my brother had chickens when I was a kid-mostly RIR, Polish and SSH bantams), but I haven't had chickens as an adult until 5 weeks ago, when I bought what I thought were three pullets (1 red sex link, 1 black sex link, and 1 EE). I am getting a tad bit worried about my EE. I know they are difficult to sex- I spent way too much time today flipping through old EE posts, only to be even more confused about sexing these guys, but I thought I would ask for some opinions from you experienced chicken folk. I am really concerned because I can not have a rooster...
    Thank you!!!!
  2. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    one of each
  3. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2008

    I would be concerned as well just be looking at the width and development of the comb. Also it seems more reddish than what my Ameraucaner or EEs have looked in the past. However, maybe you can show us some other photos, like legs or overall disposition.
    I really cross my fingers for you that you have a little pullet there. Either way: pretty though!!!
  4. Anura

    Anura New Egg

    May 3, 2009
    Both pictures are of the same bird Unfortunately s/he doesn't sit still for long, so we couldn't get the best pics of her. S/he really looks like a roo when you are up close on her face, but from a distance I think s/he looks more like a pullet (and it looks like I am not the only who thinks that-my husband thought it was wishful thinking on my part) I will try to get some better shots tomorrow.
    Thanks for the quick opinions!
  5. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Looks like a roo to me, sorry...

    ETA: my 15 week old birds have smaller combs than that.
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They say EE's have 3 distinct lines of bumps on the comb if cockerels and ionly one of pullets. Maybe in a week or two.

    Good luck.
  7. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    95% roo, sorry.
  8. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I would have to go with roo also, sorry. The tail is longer and pointy and the comb seems way too thick and red to be a pullet.
  9. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington

  10. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I would also have to say cockerel - very red comb for being only 5-6 weeks old.

    I had an EE that I was wondering about for quite a while, but her comb was nowhere near that big and red till she was several months old. She did have the "3 row" pea comb though, while my other two had the single row, so that theory doesn't always work.

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