Is Sweet-Pea a "he"?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Lelanae, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Lelanae

    Lelanae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Plymouth Rock about 8 weeks old. Comb and wattles are more developed than his/her siblings.
    Sadly, I can't keep a 'roo. I don't see saddle feathers, but how often are girls lighter in color like this?
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2015
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Without a picture of the bird, I can't tell you whether you have a male or female 100%. But I can offer you some ways to help spot boys.
    When it comes to purebred barred birds, males look lighter because they have two copies of the barring gene. Females can only ever have one. Any chick with a red comb by 10 weeks old is male. Pullets don't start to turn red until they are getting close to laying age.
    Male specific feathering doesn't begin to develop until about ten weeks old, and it can take several more weeks for it to be visible.
     
  3. Lelanae

    Lelanae Chillin' With My Peeps

    I posted a picture--I am not sure why it isn't showing up.
    I don't see the picture either, except when I click "edit post".
     
  4. Lelanae

    Lelanae Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    There's the picture!
    Yep, it's a boy.
     
  6. Lelanae

    Lelanae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!
    Lol, I will probably hang on to him until the first crow!
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree you have a cockerel. Hackle and saddle feathers don't show up until around 12ish weeks. But that light color, solid yellow legs and comb all spell male.

    I'd start looking into options for a new home for him now. It's not always easy to get rid of cockerels and if you wait until he's crowing, you may have issues with the neighbors.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel "Sweet Pete "
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on donrae's post. :eek:(
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Cockerel.
     

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