Plymouth Rock Baby Roosters

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jodyb, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. jodyb

    jodyb Out Of The Brooder

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    I see a sleight red line on one of my chick's heads. They are about 9 days old. Is this a Rooster? Can you tell at this young age?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    At about 4 weeks, the cockerels begin to sprout reddish pink wattles and combs while the pullets' will not sprout wattles and their combs will remain yellowish.

    Also at this age, they have feathered in enough to distinguish them, this being true of hatchery stock. The cockerels will have bright, white bars on a slightly more charcoal background, while the pullets will be dark and the "barring" is spotty and cuckoo in nature.

    Very easy to distinguish the sex at 5 weeks. (of course, they is sometimes a ringer in the batch, but 99% of them will be right on the money).


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  3. jodyb

    jodyb Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!!! What a clear answer and the photo really helps.

    Jody
     

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