My comb is huge but I'm still an Exchequer girl ... right?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kcaywood, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. kcaywood

    kcaywood Songster

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    My Exchequer Leghorn is nearly three months old. Leghorn pullets do have large combs ... but this large? I don't see pointed hackles yet ... but maybe the start of saddle feathers? Opinions, please!

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  2. AccentOnHakes

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    I'd say boy, sorry! At that age, the comb and wattles should not be that red.
     
  3. farmerChef

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    I think it might be a pullet. The hen's combs also usually flop to one side as they get older, and the roosters will stay up staight. How long has the comb been bright red? I dont see any pointed feathers yet. At 3 months, you should see the start of them.

    I have a Leghorn/EE pullet that I thought was a rooster for the longest time because her comb turned red a 2 weeks old. I didn't pay too much attention too "him" because I sell/eat most of my extra roosters, and I know at 3-4 months old, "he" didnt have any pointed hackle or saddle feathers. She now lays a light blue/green egg almost every day.
     
  4. CluckGirl

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    Look at the saddle fathers if they are not pointed then it should be a girl.
     
  5. Pele

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    Sorry, 12 weeks is way too early for that much comb development in pullets, Leghorn or not. :(
     
  6. kcaywood

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    Thanks for the input, everyone. FarmerChef, the comb has gotten red in the last couple of weeks. I find your message quite encouraging ... I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's a she. This is my third attempt at having an Exchequer Leghorn pullet. My old dog killed the first two, Gorgeous I and II, but he's gone now .... I'm hoping this is Gorgeous the Third. CluckGirl, the saddle feathers are still rounded - so I'm hoping! [​IMG]
     
  7. i say boy
    this is my pullet at 2 months. really small pink comb
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  8. BlueCamas

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    Yep, cockerel. At 3 months a pullet comb would barely be pink at all!
     
  9. At that age, it's a cockerel for sure.
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I vote cockerel although I have only had Cali. Whites not leghorns. At 3 months a pullet won't have a comb that large and red from my experience.

    However, I am not 100% sure so hang onto her/him!!!
     

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