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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by xXNagasakiXx, Nov 12, 2012.
I think this is a Rhode island Red Pullet, but i just wanted to clarify.
How old? That comb indicates cockerel.
That sucks. We cannot have Roo's and he is my favorite chicken. It is illegal in Phoenix.
Another vote for cockerel... good luck!
Just to be 1000% sure... It is a huge bummer that he/she may be a cockrel...
i would say rooster, due to size of comb, none of my 7 week old pullets have combs that big or even near that size
Would anything else help sex the chicken?
At 6 weeks, most single comb American breeds can be sexed very, very accurately by the comb and wattles. The pullets just stay yellow-ish until closer to maturity. The cockerels sprout them red and large at 6-7 weeks. You can rarely miss it at that age. It won't be much longer and you'll know.
Thank you Fred, If there are any more signs please tell me.
Watch the combs and wattles. Those are the visuals.
Sometimes, really experienced folks detect a "stance" difference, with the cockerels being more likely to be "head's up" and standing erect. This is a rooster's instinct when keeping watch in a flock and sometimes the little cockerels demonstrate some of these qualities.
Thicker legs are often another sign, but one needs a known pullet standing nearby to see the difference some times.
Anyhow, that's it. Stick with the comb and wattles. If they sprout over the next three weeks, red and protruding? Yup. That's a cockerel.