Pullet or Cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Landon1117, May 16, 2017.

  1. Landon1117

    Landon1117 Just Hatched

    Apr 16, 2017
    One of my hens just recently hatched only one chick, and I'm really hoping it's not a rooster, as I just had to deal with an aggressive one this past month. The chick is 6 days old, and its wings and tail already have a lot of feathering on them- is this a sure sign that it's a female, or can I not tell at this time? Thanks so much! WIN_20170516_17_17_16_Pro (3).jpg
  2. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    You can't really tell now. Feathering only works as a sex linked cross so it does not indicate gender.

    What breed is she?
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  3. JaeG

    JaeG True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    There's no way to know at this age. By a month to 6 weeks old you should be able to tell. At 3 weeks you may begin to get an idea if it's going to be a boy (I had some Orpington chicks where the boys were for sure boys by 3 weeks and one cockerel started crowing at 5 weeks old!) - watch out for sprouting wattles. I think it is harder when you don't have other chicks the same to compare it with, but hopefully it won't keep you in suspense for too long.
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  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    As stated above, at this age you can't really tell. Some birds you can feather sex at a couple days old if you specifically crossed the parents to achieve feather sexing, but otherwise you can't.
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  5. Landon1117

    Landon1117 Just Hatched

    Apr 16, 2017
    I believe she's a hybrid chicken, probably something crossed with a Blue Andalusian. Do you know around how old she'll have to be in order to find out her sex? Thanks again!
  6. Landon1117

    Landon1117 Just Hatched

    Apr 16, 2017
    Alright nevermind I found out! Thanks everyone
  7. Blue Ridge Farm

    Blue Ridge Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2017
    Carroll County Virginia
    What sex are my 8 week old chicks. I think all may be pullets. There are 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 New Hampshire Reds, 2 Australorp, 2 Black Asian. IMG_0210.JPG

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