RIR 2 months old, pullet or cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pathognomonic, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. pathognomonic

    pathognomonic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This strikingly attractive middle school age chick is supposed to be a pullet, but I'm starting to wonder. [​IMG]
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  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good chance of roo. I had a RIR who's feathers were growing curled like that. His name is curly!
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I am thinking good chance of cockerel too but am not sure. I am thinking I see saddle feathers there.
     
  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I'll get more technical. Hackle feathers on a hen lay flat and are rounded. your bird has pointy curled hackles. He also has saddle feathers draped off the sides of the tail, longer and more pointy than a hen. The disarray of his feathering is normal, in comparison, a hens feathering comes in much more sleek and smooth. His face, comb and wattles should turn red and grow more quickly, very soon. (sooner than hens).[​IMG]
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It looks like a cockerel to me. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    The feathers are curled, but I'm not seeing any pointiness to the neck and saddle feathers. The comb and wattles are also rather small. I'm thinking pullet.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm thinking pullet for now.
     
  8. pathognomonic

    pathognomonic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Part of the reason I actually took a good look at this youngster is that it has started to get really aggressive over the last 5 days or so. Granted, I've had aggressive pullets too and it's not a great indicator, but it gave me pause.
    A second question regards those crazy feathers, I've not had any other chicks with feathers like that. Do you think that her/his feathers will eventually develop normally? I've had chicks with messy feathering before, but nothing curly like this.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Cockerel.
     
  10. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR, Curly I mentioned earlier, his feathers are straight now. He is 10 months old but they've been straight for quite a while. [​IMG]
     

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