Leghorn chick--pullet or cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by madornato, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. madornato

    madornato Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I have 4 leghorn chicks that are around 5 weeks old that are supposed to be pullets/hens. One, however, has a much bigger, brighter red comb than the other 3. The combs of the other 3 are much smaller and light pink. Do you think that I have a rooster in the bunch, or do you think that the one's comb is just developing a lot faster than the other 3? I'm sure I'll find out soon enough, but I was hoping someone out there might be able to tell me a little earlier.

    Thanks,
    Melissa
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Hi Melissa, Please will you post some pictures please. Then we might be able to tell better.
     
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Pics would be helpful, but I will tell you in my experience, my little WLH roo's comb developed very early and boy was it RED!
     
  4. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    yeah- sounds like a roo. 5 weeks is way early for a pullet to get a red comb.
     
  5. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    5 weeks roos are obvious in leghorns..I can start finding them in my bunch by 2 weeks..if it's comb is big and red with wattles starting well it will be saying Cock A Doodle Doo soon-my leghorn boys are crowing around 8 weeks. It is very hard to sex these accurately as day olds so having a little roo in a bunch of pullets is not that uncommon-we had 2 out of 5 this spring in an all pullet order.
     
  6. madornato

    madornato Out Of The Brooder

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    The comb is big and red on this particular chick but there are no wattles yet. I don't know what that means. I'll try to post a picture later if I can. Thanks.
     
  7. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Quote:99.99% chance that it is a roo. It's that obvious with leghorns.

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  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    At 8 weeks the roos will start becoming a new color and the hens will stay the same color. So then you will know for sure.
     

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