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Pullet or Cockerel?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Paige3595, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Paige3595

    Paige3595 New Egg

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    Let my broody hatch out my first batch of chicks this year. The chicks are a little over 5 weeks old now. This one is a created cream legbar x white leghorn, which both have big combs. Do you think this chick is a pullet or a cockerel? I'm leaning more towards pullet, it's got such a big comb but it seems lighter to me than my other cockerels in the group. Thanks!

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  2. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like it may be a cockerel. The comb is more pinkish than yellowish as a pullet should have. The deepening red occurs over several weeks.
     
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Well I'm definitely not a expert and I'm not familiar with that particular breed but the comb is awfully large, however it's still pink (at least it appears light pink in the photo) it could go either way but since the comb is so light possibly a very large combed female???but watch the comb if it starts to redden before point of lay then you will know it's a cockrerel.i can't zoom in on the pictures to really tell how thick she/he's legs are. I also can't make out the Feather shape on its back or tail. Look for the female/or male feathering as well. I really wis h we could zoom in on the photos!I'm really not sure about this one. See what others have to say because that comb is large for a pullet but like I said I'm not familiar with the breed. I'm really sorry I couldn't be of more help. She/he is a beautiful bird.
     
  4. KinkyMKD

    KinkyMKD Out Of The Brooder

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    Could be pullet becouse leghorns have enourmous combs.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not the size of the comb, but the pinkness of it that is screaming cockerel. Pullets don't start to pink up until they are getting close to laying age. 5 weeks old is just too young for a comb that pink.
     
  6. FarmerBlake

    FarmerBlake Out Of The Brooder

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    I just inherited two buff springtime from a fellow school mom. Her hubby got them from a feed store that said all the buffs are pulleys. One has a redder comb than the other. Back story, first chicks I got were a straight run and out of 6 chicks, three were roosters. I have the darndest luck. The roosters combs turned red at about 4 weeks - same age as the new buffs. I knowing sexing isn't 100 percent. Could I have that 10 percent rooster? It acts more like the roosters we had. I do not want to go through this again. Had to get rid of my roosters as we can't keep them.
     
  7. FarmerBlake

    FarmerBlake Out Of The Brooder

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    Buff orpingtons and pullet. Auto carrot on my kindle makes me look stupid everytime! The one buff is chest bumping the other larger buff. They aren't picking on my other three little ones that are in the same brooder box with them. Just the two of them acting all "roostery" like. One of my hens from my original six was more aggressive (but not feisty, just more daring I guess). She's now the leader of the pack out in the coop. I did call the feed store they were purchased from and they said that they are all pullets and that sometimes they will have a redder comb. First year with chicks so a little help is requested. I love the silly girls just can't keep the darned boys due to city regulations.
     

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