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Pullet or cockeral ?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sierra pachie bars, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

    Nov 8, 2008
    Might be to early to tell . Five weeks old Cochin/Amerucana mix. I am thinking Pullet.




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  2. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    Pullet or cockeral? Kinda looks like a pullet to me. The tail feathers that grow in the fastest are the pullets for sure. If you don't have any to compare, that would be a good general way of being able to tell in a small flock situation.

  3. sandypaws

    sandypaws Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    to young for ME to tell..... if someone else knows how.. teach me/us
  4. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Looks like a pullet to me! [​IMG]
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  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    looks like a pullet to me too, love those green feathered legs [​IMG]
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    5 weeks is awful early I think..... but, if it's a pea comb and it doesn't get noticeably redder by 8 weeks then I would say pullet.
  7. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Pretty little chick, not sure about sex.
  8. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    not to be a buzzkill or anything, but why do people have to know the sex of chicks before it is obvous? Are they just curious, anxious or making culling/future flock building plans? It seems just waiting a few more weeks would ususally tell you everything you need to know.

    About the long tails... I have two marans chicks with red combs and long tails. The combs say cockerel, the tails say pullet. In a few more weeks they will either grow hackle feathers or not.
  9. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Quote:It's just like incubating...we all want to know what's in the eggs before they hatch and we sit there and sit there...and KNOW they won't hatch until they're ready...LOL
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I knew my two roosters that I ordered because I'd asked the hatchery to mark them when I placed my order.
    It was necessary for me to know if there were any other roos - and there were 3 more! - so that I could find them a good home at a very early age. After I knew they were roos and that I couldn't keep them I wanted them gone asap #1 So I wouldn't get too attached #2 because they were taking up valuable space #3 because I was having to feed birds I wasn't keeping. Better to put limited resources into chickens you intend to raise and not into chickens that you don't intend to keep.
    As for sexing them, I didn't just look at their tails. I picked my cockerels out by their bigger pinker combs, thicker legs, slower feathering and by the shape of the tail feathers:

    According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
    2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
    e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.

    Hackle and sickle feathers come later.
    Plus, around here it was much easier to find homes for 7 week olds while they were still in that cute stage, than it would have been with 17 week old half grown birds.

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