Pullet or roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BusyBearMama, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] 5.. Nearly 6 weeks... amerucana / arunuca mix bird
    What do you think? I ask because they're all supposed to be hens lol and she's got quite the comb and looks like a tiny little hawk... I also say her sit on one I know is a hen... Like perch on as if she were a chair :-/ runs around the other birds as they eat and takes food from near them lol. Either she's gonna be a handful or I have a roo on my hands... Beautiful bird
    [​IMG] would be a great looking rooster
     
  2. royal chickens

    royal chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Check her neck feathers. If they're pointy then its a hen. If they're rounded it a roo. I just got my first clutch of chickens this may, and one of my chicks had a huge comb early on. Now, her comb flops to the side its so big, but its just because she's a leggern.[​IMG]
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Um, I think you got that backwards. Rounded hackle (neck) and saddle (base of tail) feathers= hen, stringy or pointy hackle and saddle feathers= roo.

    But, at 6 weeks old, this bird is still to young to check those areas. Right now, its plumage says pullet. With Easter Eggers (which are typically Ameraucana mixes, usually), that penciling throughout is a female trait. What you should look for, as far as male indicators that will pop up first, are vibrant red/rust patches. They usually appear on the wings first.

    Are you sure your chick is an Ameraucana/Araucana mix? I ask because your chick appears to have a single comb. Both of the breeds mentioned have pea combs, which is dominant, which would mean your chick would get a pea comb if those breeds were its parents...
     
  4. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2. Her markings appear to be nicely patterned, which usually means pullet.
     
  5. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice to hear everyone thinks pullet :)
    what do you mean by red rust patches?
    Well I was told that she's some combination... That said... Human error lol I mean one of them looks like a golden seabright... And is super tiny... And some of them don't have combs at all but she has quite a look about her, one of the others has the same though not as prominent [​IMG] though this one had reddish spots
     
  6. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the mixing makes them 'Easter eggers' basically they've got a bunch of random traits
     

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