Partridge Cochin sexing, can someone stop me from constantly looking at these 2 trying to guess?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Herefordchick, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Herefordchick

    Herefordchick Hatching

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    Hi, I’ve not hatched any Cochin chicks for over 15 years but, I remember that they were super difficult to sex. Basically I wasn’t sure until they started crowing!!
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  2. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Are you sure their 10 weeks?! They should be fully feathered out without any baby fluff at 10 weeks. They look like 5 weeks.
    that said, The second to last pic shows a cockerel.
     
  3. Herefordchick

    Herefordchick Hatching

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    Thanks so much for your reply.
    Yes they are definitely 10 weeks, I am surprised at how slow they have been to loose their fluff!!
    The one you said cockerel is the one I thought was too, any thoughts on the other one (pic 3 I think)?
     
  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    I just realized you have both of them pictured from the face.
    I honestly made my assessment of gender based upon them being younger. A 10 week old cochin cockerel will have the same sized comb and wattles as an adult hen. But these guys are wicked slow to develop, since their still in fluff.
    I don't like the color in the comb and wattles, if they were the 5 weeks they appear. If they were 10 weeks, I'd say pullets. With how slow they're being... I don't know.
     
  5. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    I'm thinking one cockerel and one pullet. Partridge is a sexually dimorphic color, the males don't have the same pattern as the females. For that reason, the chick getting solid colored feathers on the back and wings is a male. The one that is not is a female.
     
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  6. Herefordchick

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    Yas!! That was what I was hoping to hear. I thought that partridge was a sexually dimorphic colour but was unable to find any examples from my google search. I’ll keep everything crossed that my favourite one is a pullet :)
     
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  7. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

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    I agree with Cyprus. My initial thought was that you have a pair of Partridge. It should be more evident as they continue to grow and molt in more of their adult plumage.
     
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