Is this a rooster???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nwgirl, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. nwgirl

    nwgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Everett, Washington
    My Speakled Sussex chick is only 5 days old and is growing a comb. Is this a sign that it's a rooster, or could it be the breed, because my Wyandotte chicks aren't growing their combs yet and they are a day or two older???

    Here is a photo...
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    When little cockerels start to get the comb coming in it is usually pretty red. If it is yellow then it is most likely a pullet. I am not experienced with Sussex but in the breeds I have had the little boys will sprout red combs as soon as they start to grow. Your Wyandotte has a rose comb and will not be as obvious as it grows in. Color is usually the tell tell sign.
  3. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Too young to tell.
  4. nwgirl

    nwgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Everett, Washington
    After doing a little research I think its possibly just the breed. I'll just wait and if it crows in a month or so, then I'll know for sure [​IMG]

    I absolutely love all my chicks, but unfortunately I live in a city where roosters are not allowed. DH may know of someone who may be interested in having a pet rooster. Its always good to have options just in case.
  5. Hillbilly Rooster

    Hillbilly Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Middleville, Michigan
    Not much experience with the breed mostly with the Buff Orpingtons. I have noticed that the hens end up getting there tail feathers before the roosters and the roosters chics as they get older start to stand up taller and look over all the others. I hope that this helps.

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