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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by karint, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. karint

    karint In the Brooder

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    Hi I have two minor sure about in my group. One has stayed much smaller but comb is colouring and the other one which is only a week older is much bigger then the rest only his/her combhasnt really collered much. Any ideas what gender I have? Thanks
    Note in the pictures it’s the browner chicken
     

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  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    The red pictured with the white pullet is a pullet. The other one is very likely a little cockerel.
     
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  3. karint

    karint In the Brooder

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    That would be awesome. She or he though is double the size of the other ones that hatched at the same time. Does that change your guess? She/he has me so confused.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Size is nearly the last thing that matters when judging a chicken's gender.

    Stance is important as are the thickness of the legs.A red comb color from age six weeks is a very useful feature since pullets' combs remain pale until point of lay.

    But most telling are the feathers. On cockerels, you will see pointy, very slender hackle feathers around the bottom of the neck and the same slender feathering on the saddle towards the back end. Around ten weeks, cockerels will likely be displaying curved sickle feathers shooting out from the center of the tail feathers.

    Getting closeup pics of these features will help us make more accurate guesses.
     
  5. karint

    karint In the Brooder

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    Ok I will take more pictures tomorrow morning when it’s lighter here. Thanks for all the information going to look really closely at them again tomorrow.
     
  6. karint

    karint In the Brooder

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    I added one more picture I had on my phone but will get better ones tomorrow. Do his feathers look pointed?
     

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  7. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    How old??? That's the biggest question when judging gender of young chickens. That said, the barred and the red look like cockerels to me.
     
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  8. karint

    karint In the Brooder

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    The red one is just over two months and the multi brown one is barely two months
     
  9. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    They're both cockerels.
     
  10. cstephens1987

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    Both the red (NHR?) and the legbar looking chick appear to be cockerel
     

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