Is my daughter's chicken a "Striper" or "Stripette"?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cellochck, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. cellochck

    cellochck Out Of The Brooder

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    We think this guy is a barred bantam cochin between 12 and 14 weeks old. We call it "Stripey." Not sure of the sex. We aren't sure of the sex of the black cochins either, but I don't have as many good pictures of them because they don't hold still for anything. Someone has started crowing occasionally in the morning before I let them out of the coop, but I haven't caught anyone in action. I'm hoping it the frizzle roo, and not the others.
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  2. LivinNewDreamInND

    LivinNewDreamInND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to chickens and I have never owned cochins but I have been looking into getting some next spring. I have never noticed wattles that big on any hens, so I am going to say it is a rooster. It also has a few long tail feathers growing in. I hope someone with more expertise can help you out. It is a beautiful little bird!


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  3. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Louisiana
    I would say hen. The comb would be bigger. I find my barred rock hens use to have medium sized wattles and combs. I have no experience with cochins though. It also doesnt seem to have many long hackle feathers and big tail feathers. Use your frizzle roo as comparison. The bright red hanging wattles on the frizzle will help determine the sex. Update and let us know if it crows or lays an egg!
     
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  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 12-14 weeks, i wouldn't expect very noticeable tail and hackle feathers yet, but those comb and wattles really seem to indicate a boy - *unless this bird is older than you think*.
     
  5. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Louisiana
    Ohh that is true. I have heard that it takes a while for a cochin roo to gets its tail feathers in. I only raise silkies [​IMG]
     
  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    The white frizzle in the top right is a roo for sure. Its hard to say but I think the Barred cochin and the Black cochin are roos as well. I have a group of cochins that are 19 weeks old and none of my pullets have combs near the size or color of yours. On the other hand my roos look just like yours although they have pointed saddle and cape feathers.

    Either way...that barred cochin is beautiful! I think I am going to have to add a few of those to my flock.
     
  7. cellochck

    cellochck Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. The barred cochin came from the school where my husband works. The kids got the chicks at the beginning of May, so that's why I think he's around 12 weeks old. We got the black ones near the end of June when they were about two or three weeks old. We got the frizzles at the same time, and the man we got them from said he thought they were about four months old. The frizzle roo had a REALLY pronounced comb and waddles at that time. The frizzle hen has next to no comb, but I thought cochin hens had medium sized combs and waddles- at least in the pictures I've seen. I've been watching the roo's behavior with the others figuring, that might also give me a clue to sex, but he treats them just like the hen.

    Here is a pic of the frizzle roo when we got him. He was about a month older than Stripey is now.
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  8. cellochck

    cellochck Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess looking at the pics of stripey and comparing the pic of my roo, it does look like he might be a roo. I really don't want him to be... we are quite attached to him.[​IMG]
     

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