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Is this a pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by robbinbaker, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. robbinbaker

    robbinbaker Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to keeping chickens. I had no idea how much I would LOVE them. However, we got our first two because they were "left overs" at the feed store and at 2 weeks old they weren't very cute anymore. Now I'm worried our Buff Orpington is a roo. Which will make us sad because we can't keep roos, but it will make our Golden Laced Wyandotte much more sad than us. She is completely bonded to the Buff. Even at two weeks if we seperated them for a second or two while cleaning the brooder she would wail.
    Please will someone let me know if our cute little assertive Buff is a pullet or roo?

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    Thanks!
    Robbin
    mum to one 5 1/2 year old female human, three dogs, two guinea pigs, two 5 week old chicks and 2 newborn Aracanas.
     
  2. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
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    First off, [​IMG] Glad to have you aboard!!!

    Secondly, I am sorry to say it, but you have one DEFINATE cockeral there. Sorry. [​IMG]
     
  3. robbinbaker

    robbinbaker Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Aw chicken poop. I really wanted to keep her/him. But I've suspected all along, and this morning when I let them out he/she poked out and cockled at me. So I ran in and posted the photo...
    Thanks!
     
  4. robbinbaker

    robbinbaker Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have advice on what to do now? I guess I'll bring the golden laced back in the house and make a brooder that can separate the new babies from her but so she can see them, so she's not so sad and lonely. Luckily, she's always been more friendly to us so at least she'll have us.
    Any advice???
     
  5. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    That sounds like a solution to me. Sorry about your baby. [​IMG]
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't know. What's the age of your beautiful buff orp? It looks like a cockeral.

    By the way, welcome the best forum in the world!!! [​IMG]
     
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  7. robbinbaker

    robbinbaker Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok... now I'm worried I was wrong about both babies...
    Please tell me this one is a pullet! :eek:

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  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The general rule of thumb is that the cockerals get their combs and wattles first. I have some Rhode Island Red chicks that are 4 weeks old. I can definitely tell which are pullets and which are cockerals now, because the cockerals are all getting their wattles and their combs are growing taller and getting orange. The pullets do not have any wattles growing and their combs have stayed short and pale. Each breed could be different, but I do know the rooster's get their combs first!
     

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