Male or female - New mom is suspicious

annaveas

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
4
0
7
South Jersey
Looking for the experienced to put my worries away:

7 weeks old RIR. Growing comb over night and noticing some coloring and behaviors that are making me question.

Male or female:

 

Veer67

Songster
6 Years
Jul 2, 2013
3,613
175
211
Together with the flock
I am leaning towards cockerel. That's a whole lot of wattle and comb on him, it's pretty red too. Also, I'm seeing shiny feathers developing into a "shoulder patch".
 

annaveas

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
4
0
7
South Jersey
That's what I was afraid of! Thank you for your opinion. We only have four so if one is a rooster should I look for a replacement now while they are young or do I just carry on with three?
 

Veer67

Songster
6 Years
Jul 2, 2013
3,613
175
211
Together with the flock
That's what I was afraid of! Thank you for your opinion. We only have four so if one is a rooster should I look for a replacement now while they are young or do I just carry on with three?
You could see if the feed store or hatchery you got him from has a policy to give you a refund or replacement. Though most hatcheries will give refunds if you ordered sexed pullets that turned out to be cockerels. It's up to your decision. :)
 

annaveas

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
4
0
7
South Jersey
You could see if the feed store or hatchery you got him from has a policy to give you a refund or replacement. Though most hatcheries will give refunds if you ordered sexed pullets that turned out to be cockerels. It's up to your decision. :)
We bought them from a local farm so maybe I'll wait to another week or so an see he can add him to his flock and maybe trade. Thanks for your help!
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
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9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
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We bought them from a local farm so maybe I'll wait to another week or so an see he can add him to his flock and maybe trade. Thanks for your help!
If they were sold as pullets they should cheerfully make it right for you. I'd contact them sooner rather than later. It's easier to introduce new birds when they're younger.
 
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