Pullet or Cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sam N Ella, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Sam N Ella

    Sam N Ella New Egg

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    I'm a newbie to owning chickens and new on here. I have 16 hens and pullets I have purchased or adopted from various owners and one breeder. I have two "pullets" I adopted, named Twyla and Eunice that may be a cockerels. I got them at 14-16 weeks old and the are now 20 -22 weeks old niether one has attempted to crow or crowed yet but the comb and waddles exploded over the last 3 days. Here are Twyla's and Eunice's pics at 16 weeks and 22 weeks it was raining hard today so they are a little wet. I think Twyla and Eunice are really Tyrone and Eddie? Thoughts...
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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd say that you have two roosters.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Both appear to be cockerels.
     
  4. Sam N Ella

    Sam N Ella New Egg

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    I thought so. At least they aren't crowing yet. I can't keep them where I am.
     
  5. Kelsie2290

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    X3 on two boys
     
  6. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am certainly not experienced with that breed, but when my pullets got to about that age, there small pink combs and wattles exploded in size and colour.

    They started to lay not long after.

    Quite the opposite happened with our roo's, they had big red combs from pretty early on.

    Keen to hear more opinions that are experienced with rocks, but I am leaning towards two pullets approaching that special time.
     
  7. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Sam N Ella

    Sam N Ella New Egg

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    On the larger one I'm seeing the start of spurs its nothing more than a large pimples right now, so I have them posted on CL and are offering them for FREE.
     
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  9. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fair enough. For future reference, you can't differentiate males from females using spur size when they are that young. Both males and females get little spur buds.
     
  10. Wyandottes7

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    Yes, pullets' combs get larger and redder right before laying in general, and cockerel's combs start out red. The reason why I made a guess of two roosters was based off of color pattern. It was based off of color. Barred rock males will almost always be lighter than females, because (I believe) they receive two copies of the barring gene, whereas females get only one (somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this--genetics are not my best subject!). These birds are too light in color to be females, in my opinion. I just though I'd share this information with you in case you ever get barred birds or wonder about the gender of one.
     

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