Light colored Easter Egger: Cockerel or Pullet? (w/new pics @post #20)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by GardeNerd, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I was sure this chicken was a pullet until about 3 weeks ago, but now I have serious doubts! Is this Easter Egger a male or a female?


    As a chick, it was kind of pale buff and grey colored. Its hatch date is July 19th. It came in a bantam assortment from Ideal Poultry, but as you might be able to see in one of the photos, in comparison to bantam cochin hens, it is a little larger than my other bantams.
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    It has been mostly lavender gray with accents of yellow and a little buff around the neck and chest. Then it started getting a slate colored head around 6 weeks old. Now it has reddish patches in the shoulders and wings. Ugh Oh! I have read in one thread, EEs are males when they are light colored like this one, especially with the red on the wings. Is this always the case? The comb is still very pale and tiny, and kind of looks like a single row. I don't see any hackles or saddle feathers that scream rooster yet. It is 13 weeks old yesterday. Has anyone else had one similar colored EE that ended up being a pullet?

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    We aren't zoned to keep "crowing fowl." We will have to find it a new home if it is a male. I usually try to rehome the roosters before they start crowing since I don't want to disturb the neighbors or my husband with 4 AM wakeup calls from the coop. Any input on gender? Thanks in advance.
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I call Roo on this one.[​IMG]
     
  3. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say a rooster.
     
  4. JPinVT

    JPinVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote pullet.
     
  5. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
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    Change of thought, I'd say that it is a pullet on this one.
     
  6. Rodeoclown1189

    Rodeoclown1189 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    id say pullet due to the fact that a roo would have a much larger comb and only hens come in this color
     
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    100% girl. You won't see a rooster that color. [​IMG]
     
  8. RattlesnakeRidgeWV

    RattlesnakeRidgeWV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hackle feathers on the neck threw me but now I say pullet.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a pullet.
     
  10. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, while I was away for the weekend, we got the definitive answer on this chicken's gender.


    When I got home, my son gave me a great big hug, a wry smile, and presented me with a GREEN EGG. None of my bantam cochins could have laid that! Yeah!!!! Its a pullet! I was doing the happy dance.

    I really wasn't expecting her to lay (if she really was a pullet) just yet since she hasn't been squatting so far, or noisy, or even very red or large in the comb. She is just over 20 weeks old by a few days. She isn't as big as a large fowl size Easter Egger or Ameraucana hen, but she is still a bit large for a bantam, weighing in around 3 1/2 lbs. She is a little taller than my Cochin bantams, too. If it wasn't pouring rain right now, I would try to get a more recent photos of her. She still looks a lot like the above photos.

    Thank you to all the posters for the input and comments on the gender. The pullet votes helped eased my worries and kept me from starting to look for a rooster friendly home prematurely.
     

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