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Pullet or Cockerel - opinion please!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dannifer, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. dannifer

    dannifer In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2011
    So I'm fairly new to keeping chickens and in the past I've only had full grown already laying hens. This is my first attempt at buying pullets. But I'm starting to think my gal may be a guy. It's a Rhode Island Red approx. 10 weeks old. I've been doing lots of researching online and here's what I'm noticing - first the lack of tail. It's hind end is blunt and rounded and what feathers that are there are down, not up or straight out like I see in pullets. And the back isn't straight.. there's almost like a bump of feathers on the saddle area just before the tail. Also, the comb and wattle I thought looked larger and pinker than they should be for this age (or am I wrong on that?). The other thing is the black color hackle feathers. I couldn't find anything that said when the feathers change color on roosters - but this one definitely has a ring of black feathers around the neck that are starting to look shiny and pointed... unless I'm just analyzing so much now I'm seeing things. LOL Also, "she" walks more upright like the photo shows, with the back sloped instead of straight. So can anyone else give me a guess here - is this a pullet or cockerel?


  2. ilovemydog

    ilovemydog Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    I think Pullet:)
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I think rooster based on the amount of comb and color at this age, plus thicker legs and upright stance. And, it's not a rhode island red, they are uniform color on the body without the black necklace.
  4. sdeneen2001

    sdeneen2001 Songster

    Feb 26, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    I think cockeral - due to the blotchy coloring on the back, slow growing tail and super thick legs.
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Cockerel. The feathering pattern and shiny feathers along his back give him away.
  6. dannifer

    dannifer In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2011
    hmm... well I was wondering if it really was a Rhode Island Red like the guy said. I hadn't ever seen any this light red before - or with the mixed colors. Anyone else think it's not a RiR either? And if not, then what is it??
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    He's 100% rooster and is a Rhode Island Red, aka Production Red. [​IMG]

  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Not an RIR. Barnyard red mix of some kind. Maybe production red?
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  9. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    What about a new hamshire
  10. catsew

    catsew Chirping

    Jun 14, 2011
    Mine is not a RIR either, but similar, production red somebody told me. But this is him at 10 weeks and you can definitely tell its a rooster.

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